Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips and Predictions

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Marseille
    Athletic Bilbao

      Tip Reasoning

      They have been quite impressive after a sluggish start to La Liga and could be dark-horses in this competition. On initial impressions their form isn’t great with 4 defeats in their last 7 but they have all come against either Barcelona or Real Madrid and 3 of them were away from home. Their only other defeats in their last 20 fixtures have come in tough away games at Sevilla and Atletico Madrid and they’ll fancy their chances in this tie.

      Marseille aren’t the force they were last year having had to sell some key players in the summer and find themselves languishing in 11th place in Ligue 1. They’ve only won 2 of their last 10 league games and incredibly haven’t won any of their last 10 league games at the Stade Velodrome. Therefore backing an Athletic side that are better than almost all of those opponents to avoid defeat here looks a safe bet at 8/13.

      Athletic Bilbao were impressive on the road in the group stage, winning well at Partizan Belgrade and Augsburg to top the group and they scored 2 or more goals in all but 1 of their fixtures. Marseille were in a slightly weaker group and came through comfortably enough in 2nd place but didn’t win any of their home games by more than 1 goal and weren’t entirely convincing.

      There is certainly more quality in the Athletic side and they are an attacking team as they demonstrated by scoring twice at the Bernabeu at the weekend. They won’t be thinking merely about getting a draw here and could well come here and win on the night given Marseille’s current plight.

      For a correct score bet with huge potential returns consider backing Athletic to win 3-1 at 25/1.

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