The upcoming Quarter-final match of the UEFA Europa League will see the clash of Olympique Marseille and Athletic Bilbao for the first leg. This match is to be played in Marseille’s home ground and the current form they are in at the moment they are most likely to change that from this game. However, the away team is coming with similar battered hope so this game would see the fight of two teams trying to get back their winning form.
When and where –
This match is to be played at Orange Velodrome Stadium, home ground of Marseille. The ground has a capacity of 67, 394 and it is expected to have a bright dazzling day which would only add to the excitement of the game for players and fans alike. The game is to be played at 1:35 AM (IST) on March 9, 2018 and this match will be available to watch in Sony LIV app.
Marseille – W W L L L D
Athletic Bilbao – W L L W D L
Athletic Bilbao Won – 1
Marseille Won – 0
Not Decided – 1
Kostas mitroglou and Gregory Sertic are injured and would not play this game for the hosts. A similar playing XI is expected from home team that gave them a 3-0 victory against Braga in their last UEFA Europa League fixture. Lucas Ocampos and Jordan Amavi will have to be very careful in this game so that they don’t get booked and miss out the return leg of this fixture.
Raul Garcia and Aritz Aduriz are expected to get a starting berth in this game. New signing Inigo Martinez is unavailable to play this game where as Iker Munian, Mikel Rico and Mikel Balenziaga are all ruled out for this game for the guests. If Rico missed out due to injury then Mikel San Jose would be asked to fill in for him. Xabier Etxeita, Garcia and San Jose have to be very careful so that they don’t pick up a card and remain suspended for the next game.
Marseille – Mandanda (GK), Amavi, Rolando, Rami, Sarr, Lopez, Gustavo, Ocampos, Sanson, Thauvin, Germain
Athletic Bilbao – Herrerin (GK), Marcos, Alvarez, Etxeita, Lekue, Jose, Iturraspe, Williams, Garcia, Susaeta, Aduriz
*G – Goals, A – Assists
Theoretically this is going to be a very tough match for both the teams given their terrible form they are in at the time but our bet is on the away team for this game because if we go by history they have won more matches than the home team in a head to head encounter so it is expected that in this game as well the guests would dominate the game from the start and aim to build up a substantial lead for the return leg which is to be played at their home ground.
THIS MAR VS ATH MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.