Athletic Bilbao vs Hertha Berlin
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 23 November 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
The day of the Europa League group stage draw, when Athletic and Hertha officials saw their teams would be playing against each other in late November, my guess is, they thought this is where the first position in the table would be decided. Who would have thought that this Athletic vs Hertha would end up being a… fight for survival… On five points from four matches, Athletic are sitting third in the table, having finally won their first game three weeks ago, at home, over Ostersunds. If they finish level on goals with them, they have the advantage, so that’s something. Back in September, they drew 0-0 in Berlin. This time, a draw won’t be an ok result, especially given that their last game in the group, in two weeks, is away, in Ukraine. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at home to Villarreal, their first point after three consecutive losses. They are just 12th(!) in LaLiga. Their only win in their last seven games was that 1-0 over Ostersunds three weeks ago.
Hertha Berlin have been massively disappointed in this group, but luckily for them, they can still finish even… first(!), if they win both their last two matches. Under different circumstances, beating Athletic in Bilbao would be a huge-huge challenge. Not that it’s easy now, but truth is, this season’s Athletic is… a ghost of the team we got used to for years and years. Not that Hertha are any better. Last weekend they lost 4-2 at home to Gladbach, and are just 14th in Germany’s Bundesliga, 14th! A draw in Bilbao wouldn’t be a disaster for them, given that on the last day of the group stage they will be hosting Ostersunds, and eight points (if they beat them, by more than one goal, preferably), could be enough for them to qualify for the last 32.
Previous five matches:
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal 1-1
Celta vs Athletic Bilbao 3-1
Athletic Bilbao vs Ostersunds 1-0
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 0-2
Formentera vs Athletic Bilbao 1-1
Hertha vs Gladbach 2-4
Wolfsburg vs Hertha 3-3
Hertha vs Zorya 2-0
Hertha vs Hamburger SV 2-1
Hertha vs FC Koln 1-3
Athletic’s next game is at Deportivo La Coruna, on Sunday (Spain LaLiga). Same day, Hertha will be visiting FC Koln (Germany Bundesliga).
Athletic Bilbao vs Hertha Berlin: Head to head Stats
Their game earlier this season, was the first ever between these two.
Athletic Bilbao vs Hertha Berlin: Prediction
Both teams have been major underperformers since the start of the season. Between the two, I have to give Athletic the advantage, for the mere fact that they are playing at home.
Athletic Bilbao vs Hertha Berlin: Betting Tips
Athletic’s win pays 1.67, which, combined with a clean sheet, goes up to 2.55.
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