Prediction:Athletic Bilbao win @ 1.87
Will it be Zorya or Athletic Bilbao who reaches the Europa League final? One place is fighting the two, while Östersund is ready and Hertha Berlin without chance.
The prerequisites are simple; home win means that Zorya will celebrate, draw or lose away that Athletic Bilbao gets dito. The latter option also means that the Spaniards have the chance to take over the group’s first place, unless ÖFK wins their away match against Hertha Berlin.
From having picked only two sticks on the three opening matches, two crosses and a loss, Athletic Bilbao has put in the gear and comes from outfit wins over Östersund and Hertha Berlin. Something better has also been seen in the Spanish Primera División, although the winnings were far too few and you still stand a good bit down the bottom table.
And Zorya, then? On the one hand, they are not better placed than six in the domestic series, but on the other hand they have shown that the European game is taken seriously. Two wins and three losses are facit. The out game against Bilbao won them, shockingly enough, with a goal against zero – with a lot of flow and disappearing a little ball possession.
Prior to the match, the Ukrainians lack Vasiliy Pryimia and Vladyslav Kalitvintsev. Guests have Iker Muniain and Beñat Etxebarria out. Other Iturrape’s status will be looked at more closely. Most of the people speak for him to stand aside.
Break the nightmare
Not a single win of nine away matches – each other’s loss – eliminated in these – it has become for Athletic Bilbao. Rotation will be to some extent as well. Nevertheless, we feel it is worth placing the tokens in their hands. Why?
Bilbao has had a few winds and, for example, settled a draw, 0-0, against Real Madrid at the latest. Add the two straight European League wins as well. Brightened really, although you had trouble winning matches in general.
The law is, of course, quite different. Zorya, not even a top club in Ukraine, while Athletic Bilbao clearly has greater potential and capacity than shown. Upper half-material in La Liga and for some time, the trip up the table should speed up.
Because Zorya does not get away with a draw in the match – then becomes Bilbaos playoffs – we can expect they will sacrifice everything if we are right on the board nearer to the final victory. This opens in particular to the Spaniards to put the nail in the coffin.
1.87 times the money for the straight two will be enough. Bethard.