Marseille will take on Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Europa League final at the Groupama Stadium hoping to become the first French team to win the competition
Aside from winning the Champions League in 1993, Marseille has never won Europe’s second-tier club competition with the closest coming back in 1999 and 2004 when they finished as runners-up in both occasions.
While the Olympians are undoubtedly all fired up for the final in Lyon, they have notably struggled away from their Stade Velodrome in Europe this season and have just one win from their seven away games.
Rudi Garcia’s side is currently embroiled in a tight battle with Lyon in the Ligue 1 for the final remaining spot for Champions League football next season and are currently trailing by one point with just the one game remaining.
Victory tonight would assure them of a return to Europe’s premier club competition, but they will likely have to make do without centre-back Rolando whose struggling with a knock.
The Portuguese scored the decisive away goal in extra-time to enable Marseille to progress to the final against a resilient RB Salzburg side.
Therefore Garcia is likely to start Luiz Gustavo in his place and is expected to start Valere Germain up front due to Kostas Mitroglou also being a doubt.
A key player for the Ligue 1 side will be Dimitri Payet, whose seven assists have played a key role on route to Lyon this term.
Meanwhile, Atletico will be looking to add their third Europa League title to their trophy cabinet after impressing against Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Los Rojiblancos will be without their head coach Diego Simeone, who is currently serving a four-match touchline ban following his dismissal in the first leg of their semi-final tie against Arsenal.
The good news for Atletico is that Sime Vrsaljko will return from suspension, although it is expected they will favour the experienced Juanfran at right-back.
The fully recovered Filipe Luis is looking set to start at left-back, but Jose Gimenez and Vitolo both remain doubts for the Spanish side.
Atletico has only lost one away game in Europe this season and are currently looking set to beat city rivals Real Madrid to second place in the La Liga standings.
Los Colchoneros have won three out of their eight major UEFA competition finals with their most recent successes coming in the 2010 and 2012 Europa Leagues.
Simeone’s side has the chance to match Sevilla’s record as the only club to win three Europa League crowns tonight.
Pele, Sarr, Rami, Gustavo, Amavi; Lopez, Sanson; Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos, Germain
Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis; Correa, Gabi, Saul, Koke, Costa, Griezmann
(Obtained by WhoScored)