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We compare the potential starting line-ups of both sides.

Atletico Madrid and Fulham lock horns on Wednesday to be crowned winners of the inaugural edition of the Europa League.

Both sides have been lurking in the shadows of their more well-known city rivals, and now have the opportunity to make history by emerging triumphant in the final of Europe's second-tier competition.

With the final in Hamburg looming on Wednesday evening, Goal.com UK took a look at the Castrol Rankings of the two challengers' potential line-ups to get an insight into what to expect.

And in one of the closest head-to-heads so far, Fulham have the edge player-by-player with a 6-5 victory, but Atleti hold a slender points advantage.

It is at the back that Fulham seem to have the most telling presence, Mark Schwarzer, Brede Hangeland and Paul Konchesky holding sizable advantages over their opposite numbers.

But the midfield is an entirely different story, as influential Portuguese winger Simao's advantage over the rest of the pack proves to be telling. Even Damien Duff's 195-point advantage over Jose Antonio Reyes only reduces the gap.

Up front, former Manchester United hitman Diego Forlan and one of Europe's hottest properties at the moment, Sergio Aguero, combine to ensure that Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora stand little chance by comparison. This gap could increase further if the latter is not able to overcome an Achilles injury in time for the final.

Here are the Castrol Rankings in full:


Goalkeeper

David
DE GEA
Rank:No.1126
Points: 403
Fulham by 276pts
Mark
SCHWARZER
Rank: No.132
Points: 679


Defence

Tomas
UJFALUSI
Rank: No.648
Points: 530
Fulham by 7pts
John
PANTSIL
Rank: No.616
Points: 537
Luis
PEREA
Rank: No.857
Points: 487
Fulham by 47pts
Brede
HANGELAND
Rank: No.632
Points: 534
Alvaro
DOMINGUEZ
Rank: No.627
Points: 535
Atletico by 15pts Aaron
HUGHES
Rank: No.702
Points: 520
Antonio
LOPEZ
Rank: No.758
Points: 510
Fulham by 74pts Paul
KONCHESKY
Rank: No.428
Points: 584


Midfield

Jose Antonio
REYES
Rank: No.1076
Points: 423
Fulham by 195pts
Damien
DUFF
Rank: No.297
Points: 618
Raul
GARCIA
Rank: No.717
Points: 518
Atletico by 64pts Dickson
ETUHU
Rank: No.982
Points: 454

ASSUNCAO
Rank: No.512
Points: 560
Fulham by 11pts
Danny
MURPHY
Rank: No.476
Points: 571

SIMAO
Rank: No.291
Points: 620
Atletico by
400pts
Simon
DAVIES
Rank: No.1588
Points: 220


Attack

Diego
FORLAN
Rank: No.82
Points: 706
Atletico by 139pts Zoltan
GERA
Rank: No.487
Points: 567
Sergio
AGUERO
Rank: No.64
Points: 722
Atletico by 179pts Bobby
ZAMORA
Rank: No.588
Points: 543

Overall head-to-head score:
Atletico Madrid 5 Fulham 6

Overall points advantage: Atletico by 187

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