Athletic Bilbao vs Ostersunds – Europa League : Group J of the Europa League, after 3 rounds…
Seems to have its table upside down, with Hertha Berlin and Athletico Bilbao occupying the bottom positions, which don’t grant qualification for the next stage of this competition.
With 3 matches left to play, it is tough to see things returning to their natural course.
That’s because the Swedes of Ostersunds have shown an ability way above what was expected from them on this European competition.
Even being involved on the fight for the top of the table on the Swedish league,
Ostersunds has always decided, over the course of the season, to take the Europa League seriously and use it as a competition to assert themselves on.
Having eliminated PAOK in the play-off was already a big enough surprise,
but wins against Zorya Luhansk and Hertha Berlin, as well as a draw when they hosted Athletic Bilbao, make this Swedish fairy-tale even more incredible.
For Athletic de Bilbao, who are struggling in La Liga,
after the departure of Ernesto Valverde and the arrival of the new manager José Ziganda, this Thursday’s match ends up being fundamental for their European ambitions.
Not a single win on the group stage, with 2 away draws and a home loss, is a heavy load to carry for the team, especially considering they will now face Ostersunds.
Athletic Bilbao vs Ostersunds – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I don’t believe this match can be a return to normal for both teams, with both teams assuming the ideas they should usually assume.
Not even Ostersunds is a normal Swedish team, considering their manager’s approach and the growth of the club over the course of the past few years,
not even Athletic Bilbao, on their current situation, will have the ability to assert their dominance in this match.It is almost certain that we will see goals.
Ostersunds always scores on the European competitions matches this season, while Athletic can’t crumble on this moment of huge pressure.
|Both teams to score||