Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Hertha’s 6th spot in last season’s Bundesliga gave them a direct ticket to the Europa League group stage, no qualifiers, no hassle, no risk. Last season, they didn’t even make it to the playoffs of the Europa League, getting eliminated in early August by Brondby, beating them 1-0 in Berlin, but losing 3-1 in Denmark. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at home to Werder Bremen, and are on four points from three matches since the start of the new Bundesliga season, having beaten only Stuttgart, 2-0, on the opening day.
Unlike Hertha, Athletic Bilbao had to play in two qualifying rounds to reach the group stage. They were rather surprised by lowly Dinamo Bucharest in Romania, they only drew 1-1, but were far superior back home, winning 3-0 and qualifying for the playoffs, where again they got surprised away from home, losing 2-0 at Panathinaikos until the 68th minute of the first leg in Athens. They were impressive in the last 25 minutes though, they won the game(!) 3-2, and finished the job off back in Bilbao with a 1-0 victory. Last season they made it to the last 32, but were eliminated by APOEL. Last weekend they beat Girona 2-0 at home, their second straight win after their 1-0 at Eibar. They have seven points from three matches in Spain’s La Liga.
Previous 5 matches:
Hertha Berlin vs Werder Bremen 1-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin 2-0
Hertha Berlin vs Stuttgart 2-0
Hansa Rostock vs Hertha Berlin 0-2
Hertha Berlin vs Neftci 4-0
Athletic Bilbao vs Girona 2-0
Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao 0-1
Athletic Bilbao vs Panathinaikos 1-0
Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe 0-0
Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao 2-3
Hertha’s next game is on Sunday at Hoffenheim (Germany Bundesliga). Same day, Athletic will be visiting Las Palmas (Spain La Liga).
Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Hertha Berlin are considered slight favorites to win the game. Personally, I’m backing the visitors to earn at least a draw.
Hertha Berlin vs Athletic Bilbao: Betting Tips
Athletic Bilbao’s double chance is at 1.50, obviously low. I would take the risk to bet on draw alone, at 3.30, considering it a result that would more or less satisfy both. They are the favorites to qualify from this group, so starting their campaign without losing would be fine by both, I reckon.
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