Atletico Madrid are the clear favourites to win the Europa League after vanquishing Arsenal over a tense 180 minutes in the semi-final. Diego Simeone’s team have won the tournament many times before and they have the grit, tenacity and discipline to seize further glory this month. But standing in their way is an exciting Marseille team, led by the creative talents of Dmitri Payet, and it should be a gripping final clash. It takes place in Lyon on Wednesday and excitement is mounting among fans and punters alike, with millions expected to be wagered on it at BMR’s green-listed bookmakers.
If you fancy Atletico Madrid to win the game in 90 minutes, the odds available to you range from 8/13 (1.62) to 7/10 (1.7). The bookmakers offering that leading price of 7/10 are Betfred, Bet Stars and Marathon Bet. Marathon often offers the sharpest prices as it bids to claw market share from more established operators, but its limits are not particularly high. It is worth noting that Marathon and Betfred have three-star ratings at Bookmakers Review. They are by no means on the red list of bookies to avoid, but they do not offer the greatest experience on the market. Five-star bookmakers like Bet365 and William Hill are among the most popular operators, and they are offering 8/13 and 4/6 (1.66) respectively. Pinnacle is also very highly rated and that has 17/25 (1.68) on Atletico. If you fancy Marseille to pull off an upset, Bet365 is offering 5/1, as are Betfair and Betway, both of which carry four-star ratings with BMR. Established and reputable bookmakers like William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Sky Bet are offer the widest range of special bets, allowing you to find value in the game.
Atletico Madrid are real heavyweights of European football and they won this competition in 2010 and 2012. Nowadays, they are typically seen thriving in the Champions League, the big brother to the Europa League. They were semi-finalists last year and have twice finished runners-up in the Champions League in recent years, but they dropped down to the Europa League this year and were instantly installed as favourites. They lived up to the tag by vanquishing Arsenal over two tense legs, during which they displayed amazing defensive grit and determination, but not much flair or free-flowing football. Marseille are a sleeping giant of European football and they are finally showing some ambition in the transfer market after a barren decade. Payet arrived for big money and they have done well to make it this far, but they are unlikely to have much joy against a famously mean Atletico defence.
Every time Atletico play, ‘under’ 2.5 goals is a popular option, and Marathon has the best odds on this: 37/50 (1.74). Atletico are dogged and press hard all over the pitch, and defending is in their DNA. They do not yield many chances, and they are clinical when in front of goal, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa proving particularly deadly. Atletico to win to nil is always a classic bet to get more value out of Diego Simeone’s side, and 188Bet has a market leading 8/5 (2.60) on that outcome. Bet Victor has 31/20 (2.55), while Sky Bet, Betway and Betfred have 6/4 (2.50). Another option could be Atletico Madrid to win and under 2.5 goals, which is a massive 13/5 (3.60) with Betfair, or if you are feeling more cautious it has 13/10 (2.30) on Atletico to win and ‘under’ 3.5 goals.