Athletic Bilbao produced a sensational performance at Old Trafford to eliminate United at the last sixteen stage of the competition, with Marcelo Bielsa using his experience of managing Chile to great effect by steering the Lions to Bucharest.
Los Leones can be backed at 2/1 (BetVictor free bets) to claim victory in ninety minutes and cap a season which will see them finish mid-table in La Liga but actually qualify for the Europa League next term whether they win or lose this encounter.
Bilbao were 2-1 down against Sporting Lisbon in the semi-final after the first leg in Portugal before turning things round at San Mames, with Fernando Llorente producing the winning goal and the Spanish international is an obvious danger man for this occasion.
Llorente is an 11/2 chance (Paddy Power) to score the first goal of this encounter, having snared 24 goals this season and it could well be that he is first choice for Spain during Euro 2012.
However, Atletico Madrid are the favourites to win this final and Diego Simeone’s team have a rich recent history in this competition which has saw them win the Europa League two seasons ago against Fulham.
It appears that Atletico are going to be pipped to a Champions League place by Malaga, although 5th place in La Liga is no mean feat and victory in Romania on Wednesday night would represent a fine achievement.
Odds of 6/4 are available that Los Rojiblancos claim victory inside normal time, although we can’t discount the prospect of a tight encounter which could potentially see extra-time and penalties before a winner emerges.