Our match prediction:
Marseille and Athletic Bilbao take on each other at Stade Velodrome in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining matches of Thursday’s program. The Ligue 1 side aim to extend their winning run in the Europa League to four matches, but they will have to be at their sharpest if they are to beat the Lions in the first leg. Ernesto Valverde’s men suffered a 4-2 loss to Real Madrid in Saturday’s la Liga derby, but they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Marseille game. The two sides seem to be evenly matched at the moment and share of spoils appears on the cards in this one. The visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg and that is the main reason why we predict a close encounter at Stade Velodrome. You should bear in mind that the two teams have never met before in a competitive match.