Prediction for Panathinaikos (Gre) – Ath Bilbao (Esp)
Ath Bilbao (Esp) to win @ 2.00
Panathinaikos and Athletic Club meet in Stadio Apostles Nikolaidis in a game for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs). These two teams have never faced before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since Panathinaikos presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
Panathinaikos (Gre) :
The home team reaches this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after a win away (1-2) and a home win (1-0) with Qabala. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has recorded 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses, with 24 goals scored and 19 conceded; Against 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 26 goals scored and 4 suffered. In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Panathinaikos won 8, tied 1 and lost 1. Their attack has regularly scored, scoring 8 goals in the last 10 matches. In their games at home there is a tendency to have few goals, since 13 of the last 30 that disputed finished with Less than 1.5 goals.
The whole of Panathinaikos arrives in this match with a victory over the Qabala, by 1-2, advancing in this way for these play-offs of the Europa League. Despite playing at home, coach Marinos Ouzcionarios plays in 4-2-3-1, favoring the middle or lower block and counterattacks, thus exploring the space on the opponent’s back. The striker Guillermo Molins is the great highlight of Panathinaikos, being owner of great quality in the finalization of goal opportunities. Paschalis Staikos is the only player in doubt for this game.
Ath Bilbao (Esp):
The away team reaches this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after a 3-0 home win and a 1-1 away draw with Dinamo Bucureşti. This is a team that has similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; Against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a draw at home with Deportivo Alavés by (2-2). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Athletic Club won 4, tied 2 and lost 4. Their attack has scored regularly, as they scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
The Athletic Club arrives to this game with a match against Alavés, by 2-2, adding to the game followed without winning in friendly preparation matches. To reach this phase of the Europa League, the Spanish eliminated Dinamo Bucharest, 3-0. In this away game, the coach Cuco Ziganda should play in 4-2-3-1, privileging the possession of the ball and the attacks by the flanks: Susaeta and Muniain are the players that usually attack by that zone. Everything indicates that the coach can not count on Iturraspe and Álvarez, both injured.
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