Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao
UEFA Europe League Group-stage – Season 2017/2018
Date: 14th September 2017
Kick off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Olympiastadion Berlin
The favourites of the group J are meeting in the opening match of the group stage of the Europe League at Olympiastadion Berlin.
Hertha Berlin is starting their Europe League campaign in the group stage. Last year, they were eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round by Brondby. Brondby defeated them with a combined score of 3 – 2.
They are coming from a 1 – 1 draw at home in the Bundesliga. After three weeks, they have one win and are the tenth-ranked team in Germany.
By defeating Panathinaikos in the play-offs round with a combined score of 4 – 2, Athletic Bilbao entered the group stage. Last season, they were eliminated in the 16th-finals by APOEL that won with a combined score of 4 – 3.
They are coming from their second-in-a-row clean-sheets win in Primera Division. All of the 3 matches they played so far, have been low-scoring affairs (two or less goals). Currently, they are the 4th ranked team in Spain.
Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to head
This match is going to be their first head to head encounter ever.
Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
As already mentioned, Hertha and Bilbao are expected to fight for the first place in the group. So, a tough duel between the two is expected. Based on their respective prior matches, there should be less than three goals in total on the match. The outcome on the other hand, that is, the winner, is a bit difficult to predict. We believe a draw is a very plausible scenario when it comes to this match.
Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao: Bets
Value bet: Draw @ 3.20 – Betfair
Total goals under 2.5 @ 1.64 – Pinnacle