Athletic Bilbao vs Rapid Wien
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 29th September, 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: San Mames, Bilbao.
Atletico Bilbao were comprehensively beaten by Sassuolo 3-0 in their opening match of the Europa League. With Rapid Wien also defeating Genk in the 3-2 thriller, Bilbao come into the matchday 2 sitting at the bottom of the group table.
Bilbao have done fairly well in home matches in the past few seasons. They were unbeaten in 15 of their 19 home matches in the league last season. And started well this term by winning 2 of their 3 matches at home, with a lone defeat coming against the mighty Barcelona
Athletic Bilbao were losing quarter finals of the Europa League 2015/16. They made it to the first knockout round topping their group. They were also unbeaten at home until the first leg defeat to Sevilla at the San Mames in the quarter finals.
Rapid Wien sit third in the Austrian League after 9 matchdays into the new season. They are unbeaten at home, but problems are in their away run. They managed just 1 win away from home from 5 matches this season, with 3 draws and 1 defeat to their name.
The Austrians topped their group last season by winning 5 of their 6 games. But were eliminated in the round of 32 after suffering two heavy losses to Valencia in which the aggregate score stood at 10-0.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rapid Wien: Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first meeting between Athletic Bilbao and Rapid Wien in a UEFA competition.
Bilbao have met clubs from Austria on 6 previous occasions and hold a healthy record with 3 wins, 2 draw and 1 defeat. Their home record is 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat, while they remain unbeaten in three trips to Austria with 2 wins and a draw.
Rapid Wien have met clubs from Spain on 13 occasions and tasted victory just 3 times, while they lost in 8 and drawn 2. They are yet to win against a Spanish side in 6 away matches as they suffered defeats 4 time and earned stalemates twice.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rapid Wien: Prediction
Atletico Bilbao are firm favourites to come out with a win here on the basis of their strong away form. Also Rapid Wien are yet to gain a win in their 6 trips to Spain. Bilbao to win against Rapid Wien is priced at 1.50 and is a decent offering.
At the same time, Bilbao have seen over 2 goals in each of their last 4 matches in all competitions. Also 4 of their last 5 home matches have seen over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring. The only exception is the match they lost against Barcelona at a 1-0 margin. So backing Bilbao to win with both teams to score is my recommended tip for this game.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rapid Wien: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Bilbao to win at 3.20 (11/5)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.72 (8/11).