Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Marseille v Atlético Madrid Live

Marseille v Atlético Madrid Live

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called UEFA Europa League final opponents Olympique de Marseille "a very risky team" and picked out Dimitri Payet as the Ligue 1 Conforama side's dangerman.

You can view all of today's fixtures on The Sportsman, with live scoring during the matches.

The 31-year-old playmaker is about to star within the closing towards Atletico Madrid in Lyon on Wednesday night time after leaving the Hammers in 2017.

The memories of their agonising defeats to Real in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016 remain fresh for Simeone and his side. Atletico ran out 2-1 winners at the Vicente Calderón Stadium but were held to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture.

Marcel: took second place in their Europa League group behind Salzburg, and ahead of the Portuguese and Turkish gimaraesh Konyaspor, and then in the playoffs went the Portuguese Braga, the Spanish athletic, German Leipzig and the same Salzburg. The Frenchman has been the most prolific provider of goals in the tournament, registering seven assists. Thauvin had a hugely unimpressive five months on Tyneside at the start of the 2015-16 season, his time at St James' Park best remembered for his arrival at games in a tuxedo.

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Atleti has allowed a miserly 20 goals in league play this season, and just 13 more in 20 other matches.

This will be Diego Simeone's fourth major European final since taking charge at Atlético in 2011/12 - the Argentine has lost both of his Champions League finals, however did win his only previous Europa League final in 2011/12. They've scored a total of 17 goals (2.1 per game) and conceded four (0.5 per game).

For them, former West Ham midfielder and now Marseille skipper, Dimitri Payet, is a key man, while their fans will be hoping defender Adil Rami is not distracted by his new girlfriend, former Baywatch bombshell, Pamela Anderson. Full-back Sime Vrsaljko returns from suspension but has competition from the experienced Juanfran for the right-back spot.

Atletico have doubts over centre-back Jose Gimenez and winger Vitolo. The Brazilian-born striker returned this season and now has a chance to help the team win a third Europa League title in a decade. Big, broad and booming, Burgos exudes menace, but has a sharp tactical nous, an expertise in organising set-plays and the respect of Atletico's players.

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