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Athletic Bilbao vs Marseile betting tips: Back Marseille to claim yet another win over their Spanish opponents

Ben Darvill 14 Mar 2018
  • Athletic Bilbao vs Marseille kicks off at 18:00 GMT on Thursday, March 15.
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for this Europa League macth.
Dimitri Payet of Marseille celebrates scoring (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

Athletic Bilbao vs Olympique De Marseille UEFA Europa League last-16 predictions and betting tips. The best bets for Thursday's Europa League last-16 clash between Athletic Bilbao and Marseille at the San Mames Stadium.

Athletic Bilbao vs Marseille predictions


Athletic Bilbao vs Marseille betting tips


Athletic Bilbao were soundly beaten by Marseille in the first-leg of their Europa League last-16 clash as the French side took control of the tie. Two goals from Lucas Ocampos and a Dimitri Payet goal downed the Spanish side who could only reply through the penalty spot, with Aritz Aduriz finding the back of the net. The 3-1 score line means that Bilbao face a major task if they are to get back into the tie, while many would be surprised if they manage to win the second-leg.

In La Liga, Bilbao have been struggling. Just eight wins from a possible 28 is hardly an inspiring total and, despite the fact they are 15 points clear of the relegation zone, they are still nine points short of the European places, with their campaign threatening to descend into midtable anonymity.

Their troubles are easy to pinpoint too, with a real lack of an incisive edge up front hampering their progress. Just 29 goals in 28 games is hardly an inspiring total, and it will not worry Marseille much when they are defending. Aduriz has managed to score 16 times for his side this season but, at 37-years-old, his ability to carry his team when going forward is diminishing.

Marseille on the other hand have been superb this season. While the standout teams in Ligue 1 have once again been Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, Marseille have been the best of the rest. 59 points from 29 games is a very good total, and while they are only five clear of fourth-placed Lyon, they are a massive 16 points clear of fifth-placed Nantes as things stand.

Florian Thauvin has been their main-man this season as he has led from the front with both goals and assists galore this season. The forward has managed to score 17 goals and he has picked up 11 assists, while Lucas Oscampos is also looking deadly, scoring seven less goals than Thauvin, but doing so having played around 900 minutes less than Marseille’s top scorer. 

With the penchant for scoring Marseille currently have, along with the difficulties Bilbao are suffering up front, this could be a game in which Marseille claim a big away win. The French side dominated the game both possession wise and when it came to shots in the first-leg, with the visitors only able to reply from the spot. Bilbao will be looking to exact some revenge for the defeat they suffered but, with the deficit they currently face, they will eventually have to throw men forward which will leave them vulnerable at the back, which plays into Marseille’s hands. 

With a two-goal lead, the next team to score is always hugely important. If Marseille hit the back of the net first, expect them to sit deeper and let Bilbao attack them, which will then give the French side every opportunity to hit their hosts on the break. 

Athletic Bilbao vs Marseille betting odds


Athletic Bilbao vs Marseille


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  • Marseille have scored 59 league goals this season in comparison to Athletic Bilbao's 29.
  • Marseille have only lost three of their nine Europa League games this season.
  • Athletic Bilbao have won two and lost two of their Europa League home games.

Athletic Bilbao vs Marseille 



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