Athletic Club vs Olympique Marseille Prediction 15 March 2018
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Athletic Club vs Olympique Marseille Prediction 15 March 2018

Tournament: UEFA Europa League
Location: San Mames Barria Stadium
Match date: 15.03.2018 at 18:00

On March 15 2018 at 18:00 in the upcoming regular game of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg game at the San Mames Barria in Bilbao the local Athletic are playing against their French guests Olympique from Marseille. In the first leg game Marseille won 3:1.

A week ago the teams have already played their match in the Europa League Round of 16 where the French showed one of the best performances of the current season. The Basks could lose with a bigger score too. In fact, Marseille led 2:0 by the 14th minute. They controlled the ball better, were better in attack and committed 9 attempts on goal. The Basks only scored their one goal and they looked like a team of a lower class compared to their competitors.

It’s been only a week since that game was played and the teams didn’t have a lot of time to change. Of course, the Basks are going to play at home this time and yet we don’t really think that this fact will influence their performance strong enough.  

Marseille have only lost three away matches of the current season in the national championship and they only did it in the games against the top teams of the championship Monaco, PSG and Lyon. They didn’t concede more than one goal in any of their matches played in the Europa League. A year ago Marseille visited Athletic in the Round of 32 of the Europa League and they drew 1:1 than.

As for Athletic, aren’t very impressive in the current season. They are now on the 13th place in the Primera and they are below the teams like Getafe, Eibar, Betis and Girona. Their manager left the teams for Barcelona and it affected the team a lot. In their 19 matches played against the teams above the 15th position in the standings of the La Liga they only won four times.

They aren’t very convincing in the Europa League either. They hardly made it to the play-offs of the Europa League as they only gained two points in the starting match. In the Round of 32 they lost to Spartak at home and hardly made it to the Round of 16. After that they lost to Marseille with the devastating score. Moreover, they also have a lot of players missing from the squad because of the injuries or because they can’t participate in the Europa League because they weren’t in the team at the beginning of the season.

That’s why we really don’t think that Athletic are going to be the favorites of the upcoming match. The Basks will have to try and score a lot and Marseille will use this fact to counterattack. We won’t be surprised if Marseille win the second leg away game. Yet, we are almost sure that the visitors will manage to avoid a loss.