Europa League final preview

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Marseille and Atletico Madrid go head to head in the Europa League final on Wednesday 16th May, and it’s set to be a cracker, here’s a little preview of the final, by myself, James Leahy.

The final is hosted by Lyon, in a terrific setting. Two teams with completely different styles, one has to come out on top.

Marseille beat FC Salzburg in extra time on aggregate in their semi final, whilst Atletico Madrid beat Arsenal 2-1 on aggregate to progress to the final.

Possible line ups: Marseille: Mandanda; Sakai, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi; Anguissa, Sanson; Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos; Germain Atlético: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Giménez, Godín, Lucas; Koke, Saúl Ñíguez, Gabi, Correa; Griezmann, Costa

ONES TO WATCH: Marseille: The 31-year-old France playmaker showcased his talent in the remarkable quarter-final comeback against Leipzig, claiming an assist before scoring the decisive goal in typically flamboyant fashion, and then set up all three OM strikes in the semi-final.

Atletico Madrid: Antione Griezmann. The 27-year-old France forward is making a habit of picking up the scoring pace in the new year, his first 24 club games this season brought eight goals; he subsequently netted 19 in the next 22. His influence on this competition was further enhanced by his two key moments in the Rojiblancos' semi-final: first equalising away to Arsenal, then teeing up Diego

ROUTE TO THE FINAL. Atletico Madrid route to the final.. Transferred from UCL group stage Round of 32: 5-1 agg v København (DEN) Round of 16: 8-1 agg v Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) Quarter-finals: 2-1 agg v Sporting CP (POR) Semi-finals: 2-1 agg v Arsenal (ENG)

Marseille route to the final Third qualifying round: 4-2 agg v Oostende (BEL) Play-off: 4-1 agg v Domžale (SVN) Group I runners-up Round of 32: 3-1 agg v Braga (POR) Round of 16: 5-2 agg v Athletic Club (ESP) Quarter-finals: 5-3 agg v Leipzig (GER) Semi-finals: 3-2 agg (aet) v Salzburg (AUT)

We wish both sides the best of look as they look for the Europa League final in Lyon on Wednesday night, we of course at ByTheMin will have full coverage from 7:45pm. Join us then.