Athletic Bilbao vs Sassuolo
UEFA Europa League – Matchday 5
Date: Thursday, 24th November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: San Mames, Bilbao.
It’s a four horse race in Group F with only 1 point separating all four teams. Genk and Bilbao are on top of the table with 6 points with the LaLiga side sitting second due to a negative goal-difference. Sassuolo have 5 points, same as Rapid Wien, but sit at the foot of the table.
Athletic Bilbao have won 2 and lost 2 in the competition so far. The wins have come at home and the defeats on the road. While Sassuolo started the tournament with a 3-0 win at home against Bilbao. Their lone defeat came against Genk on matchday 2 and then drew 2 games in a row.
Bilbao defeated Genk 5-3 on matchday 4, while Sassuolo were held to a 2-2 draw by Rapid Wien.
Athletic Bilbao vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head stats
This is Sassuolo’s inaugural season in the Europa League and the 3-0 win against Bilbao is the lone meeting against a Spanish club.
Bilbao on the other hand had faced Italian sides on 18 occasions and picked up 8 wins and 4 draws alongside 6 defeats. They have only lost once at home to a Serie A club in 8 meetings, while won 6 and drew 1.
Athletic Bilbao vs Sassuolo: Predictions
Sassuolo are side in tatters at the moment. They haven’t won in any of their last matches in all competitions. On top of that they suffered 4 defeats in the last 5. While Bilbao haven’t lost a game at home in all competitions since September. They have won in 6 out of 7 during the period and must essentially considered as strong favourites to win this tie.
At the same time, Sassuolo have scored in 11 of their last 12 games irrespective of the playing venue. And Bilbao have kept clean sheet only once in 8 home games this season. So both teams to score is a better pick for this game.
Athletic Bilbao vs Sassuolo: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 2.00 (1/1)
Bilbao to win at 1.44 (4/9).