APOEL Nicosia vs Athletic Bilbao
UEFA Europa League – Round of 32, Second Leg
Date: Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Neo GSP Stadium, Nicosia.
APOEL maintained with their amazing performances in Europa League netting as many as two goals at San Mames.
The Cypriot side thus went from being complete underdogs to a dream of making it past Athletic as they only need a narrow home win to secure the last 16 round.
APOEL are cruising towards their 26th title in 1. Division. They are six points clear at the top of the table and they have again enjoyed a phenomenal European campaign topping the Europa League group ahead of Olympiacos Piraeus.
The team led by the Spanish expert Thomas Christiansen boosted up the confidence ahead of the second leg with a commanding 3-0 win over the 4th placed AEL over the weekend.
Athletic Club Bilbao
The Basques dropped even further in Primera Division standings after the defeat to Valencia at Mestalla. The team has been disastrous on the road lately netting only a single goal in last five away days in the top flight of Spanish football.
APOEL Nicosia vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to head
The first leg offered a real beauty at San Mames. Giorgos Efrem put APOEL in front nine minutes before the break, but Merkis scored an own goal just two minutes later to make it all square.
The tie seemed closed when Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams found the back of the net for Bilbao, but Giannis Gianniotas left the Cypriots in the game making it 3-2 one minute before the whistle.
APOEL Nicosia vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Even though the Spaniards are still huge favourites to go through, this will be everything but a walk-through for them.
We can again see a goal fest knowing that the hosts have a strong attacking potential.
APOEL Nicosia vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
- The value is with the Cypriots here. You can have them not to lose the match, which is rather a double chance to win or draw at the odds of 3/4.
- APOEL to score Over 1.5 team goals is priced up at 9/4.