Atalanta will chase their first ever European final

Atalanta will chase their first ever European final on Thursday evening. They host Marseille in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final at Gewiss Stadium. Impressive spell of form in recent weeks gives the Dea the favourites’ tag. Can the conquerors of Liverpool justify the tag?

Atalanta won 11 of the last 14 home fixtures in all competitions. Marseille go into this off the back of four defeats and a draw in the previous five away outings in all competitions. Gianluca Scamacca notched eight goals in his previous eleven appearances for the Dea.

Atalanta made in eleven consecutive away matches without a loss in Europe seven days ago. They held Marseille to a 1-1 stalemate at Stade Orange Velodrome. Gianluca Scamacca continued his outstanding form by netting his 6th Europa League goal last week. Aleksei Miranchuk had a big chance to give the Italians an advantage but he fired wide late in the match on French soil.

Marseille hope to reach the Europa League final for the first time since the 2017/18 campaign. Nevertheless, they’ve managed just two wins in the last ten outings across competitions. This form does not promise a lot ahead of the return clash with the inspiring Italians.

Recent Meetings
This will only be the second head-to-head encounter between Atalanta and Marseille. They played a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg played seven days ago on French soil. It was a cagey affair without too many high-profile chances on either end.

Atalanta vs Marseille Prediction
Marseille have been dreadful travels in Europe so far in the season. The Phocians won just one of six away outings in this term of Europa League. The negative thread includes defeats at Villarreal in the last-16 round and at Benfica in the quarter-final. Atalanta won 11 of the previous 14 home games in all competitions.

The run involves a 4-1 drubbing of Fiorentina in the reverse game of the Coppa Italia semi-final in late-April. Marseille have not kept a clean sheet in ten consecutive away games in all competitions.

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