Athletic Bilbao vs Zorya
UEFA Europa League
Date: 28th September 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria.
The Basques will finally get the chance to end the dismal streak of four consecutive games without a victory in all competitions this Thursday when they host Zorya in the second round of Europa League at San Mames Barria.
Bilbao have been struggling a lot with the new manager Jose Angel Ziganda who won no more than eight points in opening six fixtures in La Liga.
Ziganda’s side has been struggling a lot defensive in the last couple of games as they allowed five goals to Atletico Madrid and Malaga.
It seemed that the negative run will come to an end on Saturday when Inaki Williams made it 1-4 with a brace in the second half against Malaga, but the hosts scored two goals within three minutes to make it 3-3 at the end.
Luckily for Ziganda, Zorya are also far from their best shape at the start of the new campaign in the elite class of the Ukrainian football.
Yuriy Vernydub’s men are winless in last five games in all competitions including a 0-2 loss to Swedish Ostersunds in the opening fixture of Europa League.
Zorya scored only a single goal in last three games in all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao vs Zorya: Head to head
This will be the first H2H meeting between the two teams.
Athletic Bilbao vs Zorya: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides is just huge and we expect the hosts to cruise past their Ukrainian opponents and snatch a comfortable straightforward victory in front of their fans.
Athletic Bilbao vs Zorya: Bets
The first bet is Athletic Bilbao -1.5 handicap at the odds of 3/5 @ Betfair.
The second bet is Aritz Aduriz to score anytime at 1/2 @ Unibet.