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Athletic Bilbao v Marseille Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

12:03 GMT 14/03/2018
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With the hosts misfiring in the Europa League at home and Marseille less than impressive on the road, we are backing a tepid affair at San Mames

It is quite a challenge facing Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening as the La Liga side aim to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against Marseille in the Europa League.

The Ligue 1 outfit were comfortably the better team at the Stade Velodrome last week and are firm favourites to make it through to the last eight of the competition.

Latest odds

dabblebet offer the hosts at 5/4 (2.20), while Marseille are priced at 2/1 (3.00) to win in 90 minutes and the draw can be backed at 23/10 (3.30).

Team news

Top scorer Aritz Aduriz, wideman Markel Susaeta and centre back Yeray Alavrez were all rested for Bilbao's win over Leganes at the weekend but should come back in for this fixture.

Marseille winger Florian Thauvin was stretchered off in the first leg with an ankle problem and the French side are waiting to see if he is fit for Thursday night's game.

Athletic's San Mames struggles

The Basques are unbeaten in their last nine home La Liga games, although they have lost two of their last four matches at San Mames in the Europa League.

Their two win homes in Europe this term have been hard fought victories by a single goal margin and the visit of Marseille could be a serious test.

Furthermore, Jose Ziganda's side have played 23 matches in their own stadium this season, but only in four of those games did they achieve a result which would see them progress on Thursday evening. 

Tips and predictions 

Athletic may have been unimpressive at home in Europe this term, but Marseille have also been underwhelming on the road.

Indeed, the French side have failed to win any of their last seven away games in this competition.

All seven of those away games have seen under 2.5 goals and another repeat looks good value at 17/20 (1.85).

Under 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) for a 2.5pt stake with dabblebet