Zorya Luhansk vs Athletic Bilbao: This is an important match on the balances of this group J, with Zorya hosting Bilbao on this final round of the Europa League’s group stage…
Zorya is in 3rd place of this group J of the Europa League with 6 points conquered, thanks to 2 wins and 3 losses.
Their goal ratio has 3 goals scored and 7 goals conceded, which results on an average of 2 goals per match.
On the Ukrainian league, Zorya occupies a mid-table position, and much like on the Europa League, this side is also recording similar performances playing at home or away from home on the domestic competitions.
The mathematics of what they need to qualify are simple. They don’t depend on anyone else, they just need to beat Bilbao.
Bilbao is in 2nd place of this group J with 8 points conquered, thanks to 2 wins, 2 draws and a 1loss. When it comes to goals, the Basque side has 6 goals scored and 5 goals conceded, which results on an average of 2.2 goals per match.
As we know, Bilbao is a team that is much stronger playing at the San Mamés, so the fact that they haven’t won away from home yet in this competition isn’t strange.
To ensure their presence on the next stage of the Europa League, Bilbao will have to win or draw this match in Ukraine.
Zorya Luhansk vs Athletic Bilbao – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I expect a match with some cautions from both sides, a very closed encounter, especially in the first half, reinforcing the indicator common to both teams which is the existence of few goals in their matches.
The Basque side has already played 9 matches on this competition (counting with the play-offs against Panathinaikos and Dinamo Bucharest), and only 2 of them had more than 1 goal in the first half.
In turn, on the 5 matches that Zorya played on this edition of the Europa League, none of them had 2 goals or more at half-time, so I see value on the under during the first 45 minutes.
|1st Half – Under 1 Goal||