Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao: This Thursday night at the Velódrome, Marseille hosts Bilbao,
on a match counting towards the 1st leg of the Europa League’s 8th finals
Marseille is in 3rd place of Ligue 1 with 56 points conquered, with 16 victories, 8 draws and 4 losses.
So far, they count with 57 goals scored and 33 goals conceded, which results on an average of 3.2 goals per match. Their record at the Velódrome has been very good, getting 9 wins on the 14 rounds they’ve played as hosts.
On the previous round, the French side has eliminated Braga, having won 3-0 at home and then lost in Portugal 1-0.
Athletic Bilbao is in 14th place of La Liga with 32 points conquered, thanks to a record of 7 wins, 11 draws and 9 losses.
On the goals chapter, the Basque side counts with 27 goals scored and 31 goals conceded, presenting an average of 2.1 goals per match.
Their record away from the San Mamés has been weak, with the team only getting 3 wins on the 14 rounds they’ve played away from their fans.
On the previous round of the competition, Bilbao has eliminated Spartak Moscow, with a 3-1 win away from home, having then lost at home 2-1.
Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao – Betting Tip and Prediction:
When it comes to both teams’ matches on this Europa League, there is a trend that is worth exploring. On the 12 matches that Bilbao has played on the competition, only 2 of them had more than 1 goal in the first half.
As for Marseille, they don’t escape that scenario much, only having 3 out of 12 matches with more than 1 goal during the first 45 minutes.
That way, and considering we are on the 1st leg of the 8th finals of an important competition, I believe there will be no goals before half-time, with our bet being void if there is only 1.
|1st Half – Under 1 Goal||