Athletic Bilbao vs Dinamo Bucharest
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria.
Dinamo Bucharest showed a decent resistance in the first leg when they held the Spanish giants to a 1-1 draw leaving the tie open ahead of the rematch at San Mames Barria.
The Basques are obviously massive favourites to go through to the playoffs as any other scenario would represent a huge sensation.
It was kind of unusual to see Athletic without their long-term manager Ernesto Valverde seven days ago.
His replacement, Jose Angel Ziganda, can’t be super thrilled with Athletic’s run in pre-season friendlies.
Athletic did show improvements in their defensive displays in two encounters with the likes of Reus Deportiu and Portugalete in between two legs with the Romanians.
Dinamovistii managed a highly-important 0-1 win over the defending champions Viitorul in the weekend’s Liga 1 action to climb up to the fourth position after three rounds of the competition in the top flight of the Romanian football.
The team led by Cosmin Contra has been very tough to break down at the start of the season as Dinamo have not conceded more than a single goal in last five league matches.
Athletic Bilbao vs Dinamo Bucharest: Head to head
Aymeric Laporte pushed the Basques in charge midway through the first half of the match at Arena Nationala, but Rivaldinho came out with the equalizer for Contra’s side right after the break.
Athletic Bilbao vs Dinamo Bucharest: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides must be notable in the rematch at San Mames Barria, but we would not be shocked to see the Basques struggling in the final third following a decent defensive form Dinamo have been showing at the start of the season.
Athletic Bilbao vs Dinamo Bucharest: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao Under 2.5 Team Goals priced at 1.72 odds is a banker bet.
Brave tipsters can try with Dinamo Bucharest +1.5 handicap at 2.34 odds with Pinnacle.