Athletic Club Vs Marseille: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
Athletic Club will host Marseille for their second leg clash in the round of sixteen of the Europa League. San Mames will welcome the French side after the first leg of the tie ended 3-1 in favor of the ten times Ligue 1 champions.
Both the teams will come into this game having won their most recent league game.
The home side will want to take advantage of the home turf on the second leg having already suffered a 3-1 deficit in the first leg. However, they did bag a crucial away goal in the process which could go a long way in securing them a spot in the quarterfinals.
The Basque outfits ran away comfortable winners in their Liga Santander match on the weekend, setting aside Leganes with two goals to one. In-form midfielder Raul Garcia proved his worth on the night scoring both the goals for the Red and Whites.
The win means that they jump to twelfth in the table of La Liga.
Olympique Marseille will travel to Bilbao with confidence after an entirely convincing first-leg win. Marseille are one of the favorites to lift the trophy and a good performance on the night at the San Mames will bring help make a statement.
The visitors come into this match having scraped a winner on the 78th minute against Toulouse. A fantastic cross from Dmitri Payet was met by Mitroglou and dispatched excellently. The win keeps them at third, four points behind second-place Monaco.
Head to Head
The two clubs have met three times in competitive fixtures, and all of the meetings were in the UEFA Europa League. The 2016 edition’s round of thirty-two matches between the two teams ended with a 2-1 aggregate win for Athletic Club.
With the first leg ending 3-1 to Marseille, they will be hoping to replicate such performance in the second leg as well.
Players to Watch
The Argentine has been key to Marseille’s success in the Europa League with the forward scoring three and assisting one in six matches.
The Argentine scored twice in the first leg as well.
The 37-year-old is still going strong in this age and has hit eight goals in eight starts in the Europa League, even contributing with an assist.
The striker found the back of the net through a penalty kick in the first leg of the tie.
Rudi Garcia’s Marseille have one player doubtful for the match, Florian Thauvin who is recovering from a bruised ankle.
Mitroglou has returned from injury and will probably feature on the bench.
Jose Angel Ziganda has notable players unavailable for the match because of injury. Left winger Iker Munian is yet to feature for the club since September and left back Mikel Balenziaga is doubtful due to muscle injury.
Mikel San Jose is suspended for the match while Mikel Rico is also out due to a hamstring injury.
Athletic Club vs Marseille Lineup (Predicted XI)
Athletic Bilbao Lineup (4-2-3-1)
De Marcos – Alavez – Etxeita – Balenziaga
Iturraspe – Etxebarria
Williams – Vesga – Susaeta
Marseille Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Sakai – Rami – Rolando – Amavi
Lopez – Gustavo
Thauvin – Payet – Ocampos
Athletic Club vs Marseille Prediction
The first leg showed just how strong Rudi Garcia’s men are playing at home, but it is a tough task traveling to Bilbao and getting a victory.
Athletic have all to play for in the match with European spots unlikely from their league finish. So they will come at Marseille guns blazing.
Our Prediction: Athletic Club 2-1 Marseille.