Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis.
Panathinaikos hope their streak of 5 consecutive wins is going to continue in the 1st leg of the final qualifying round of UEFA Europe League, against Athletic Bilbao.
Panathinaikos started their competition for the Europe League in the 3rd qualifying round. Their opponent was Qabala and the final combined score was 3 – 1 in favour of Panathinaikos. The 1 – 0 win at home was followed by a 1 – 2 win away. Now there is only the play-off round between them and UEFA Europe League. They can focus all their attention to it because their national league hasn’t begun yet.
Prior to the 3rd qualifying round, they played 4 club-friendly games and they didn’t lose any of them.
Athletic Bilbao also started in the 3rd qualifying round. After a draw away, they won 3 – 0 at home against Dinamo Bucuresti. The final combined score was 4 – 1 and Athletic Bilbao thus still have a fighting chance. Their top scorer has been Garcia with two goals.
With one loss and one draw, they haven’t been equally lucky in the club-friendly games after that.
Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to head
This is going to be the first time the two teams square off.
Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
It is not easy to pick a definite favourite in this match. Even though Panathinaikos will have a slight advantage because of the home terrain, Athletic Bilbao is not going to be an easy opponent. Not a lot of goals are to be expected, as both teams are probably take on a rather cautious approach.
Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Total goals under 2.5 @ 1.65 – Unibet
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.20 – Unibet.