Dinamo Bucharest vs Athletic Bilbao
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Arena Nationala.
Athletic Bilbao are set to kick off their 2017/18 campaign this Thursday when they travel to the Romanian capital to tackle Dinamo Bucharest in the first leg of their third qualifying round of Europa League tie.
It will be quite unusual to watch the Basques without long-term coach Ernesto Valverde who replaced Bilbao with Catalunya as Jose Angel Ziganda is set to make his official debut on the bench.
Dinamo will make their first appearance in European competitions since 2012/13 season.
Dinamovistii have thus announced the return to the very top of the Romanian football by winning the third position in the last term of Liga I.
Cosmin Contra’s men won’t come into the game in high spirits after dropping the ball in a 0-1 loss to Botosani in the second round of the new Liga I campaign last weekend.
Athletic played very tight games during their pre-season schedule as they kept consecutive clean sheets against the likes of Sion, Fenerbahce and Club Brugge.
However, the new manager can’t be thrilled with a 1-2 defeat to the mixed lineup of Real Valladolid in Bilbao’s last test prior to the start of the Europa League campaign.
Los Leones did not change their squad much following the Basque-only policy when it comes to transfers.
Dinamo Bucharest vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Dinamo Bucharest vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
The quality is clearly on Athletic’s side, but they have not been enjoying a super impressive record on the road in Europa League over the last couple of years.
Remembering the painful 2-0 loss to APOEL which knocked the team out of the competition in the last32 round last year, we simply have to see the value in backing super motivated Dinamo Bucharest not to lose the match at the odds of 5/4.
Dinamo Bucharest vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
The first bet is Dinamo Bucharest or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 2.38 with Unibet.
You can alternatively take Athletic Bilbao Under 1.5 Team Goals at the odds of 1.83.