Athletic Bilbao vs APOEL Nicosia Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Athletic Bilbao vs APOEL Nicosia Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Athletic Bilbao will be aiming to extend their home winning streak in the Europa League when they welcome APOEL Nicosia at the San Mames Barria for the first leg of their round of 32 tie. Athletic Bilbao fought back from one-goal down to secure a 2-1 home win over Deportivo La Coruna thanks to goals from Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz. APOEL Nicosia has also picked up a narrow 0-1 win at Karmiotissa last time out in the Cypriot First Division thanks to an early goal from Facundo Bertoglio. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview. 

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Athletic Bilbao Preview

Athletic Bilbao have endured a mixed run of form in this early part of 2017, registering three wins, three draws and two defeats in their eight games after the winter break. Los Leones currently stand just outside the La Liga’s top six, as they find themselves in 8th spot tied on 35 points with the 7th-placed Eibar. However, the Basques can count on their home form ahead of this clash as they are undefeated in the last 15 home fixtures across all competitions, winning 12 and drawing three in the process. The bad news is that Bilbao have been struggling to keep clean sheets at the San Mames Barria over the past month, having conceded at least once in four of their last five home games across all competitions. Actually, keeping the ball out of their own net has been Bilbao’s main issue throughout their Europa League group stage campaign, as they conceded 11 goals in six group outings. Ernesto Valverde’s boys finished second in the group F table with 10 points to their name after six rounds, just two points off the eventual group winners Genk. Athletic Bilbao have won their three home fixtures in the Europa League this season, having scored nine goals in the process. Bilbao managed to defeat Marseille in the round of 32 last season, but they suffered a penalty-shootout defeat at the hands of the eventual winners Sevilla in the quarter-finals. 

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APOEL Nicosia Preview

APOEL Nicosia have also enjoyed an impressive run of form over the past three months as they come into this tie on the back of a 15-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. APOEL have been very strong domestically and find themselves on top of the First Division table with 56 points after 23 rounds, and they could wrap up their 5th consecutive league title when they take on AEL Limassol next Monday. APOEL Nicosia looked incredibly strong going forward throughout their First Division campaign, as they are the division’s topscorers with 57 goals in 23 league games. Regarding their Europa League campaign, APOEL topped their group B with 12 points after six rounds, four points clear of the runners-up Olympiacos. APOEL aren’t regarded as good travellers in the Europa League, as they have only won once in their last nine away games and scored just four goals in the process. The bad news is that APOEL are yet to win in 14 meetings with Spanish opponents, losing nine and drawing five in this term. This is the first time when APOEL made it to the spring phase of the Europa League, but they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League back in 2011/12. 

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Athletic Bilbao Team News

Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta is out through injury, but Aitor Seguin, Gorka Elustondo, Sabin Merino and Xabier Etxeita are all back in training. The bad news is that Aritz Aduriz is one yellow card away from suspension. 

APOEL Nicosia Team News

Nuno Morais and Pieros Sotiriou are both one yellow card away from suspension.

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Betting Predictions and Tips

Athletic Bilbao certainly have the better squad and a lot more European experience, so I’m backing them to secure a victory in this match. Although, 10 of Athletic’s 13 home wins this season have seen both teams score, so I think that APOEL could find the back of the net in this one. 

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Both teams to score - Yes at 6/5

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Athletic Bilbao have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 2 games against APOEL Nicosia

APOEL Nicosia saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

APOEL Nicosia have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 2 games against Athletic Bilbao

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
D H

31-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

23-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

05-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

23-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Santutxu FC Team Logo Santutxu FC

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

APOEL Nicosia Form Guide

APOEL Nicosia Team Logo

APOEL Nicosia

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
D A

04-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Anorthosis Team Logo Anorthosis

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

15-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Omonia Nicosia Team Logo Omonia Nicosia

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

18-04-2018

Cup Final Stage

AEK Larnaca Team Logo AEK Larnaca

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

22-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

AEK Larnaca Team Logo AEK Larnaca

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

25-04-2018

Cup Final Stage

AEK Larnaca Team Logo AEK Larnaca

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

29-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Apollon Limassol Team Logo Apollon Limassol

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

05-05-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

AEL Limassol Team Logo AEL Limassol

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

12-05-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Anorthosis Team Logo Anorthosis

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

11-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Suduva Team Logo Suduva

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

17-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Suduva Team Logo Suduva

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Athletic Bilbao Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

APOEL Nicosia Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Athletic Bilbao vs APOEL Nicosia Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Gorka Iraizoz Moreno 191 87
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 189 85
24 RB Mikel Balenziaga 177 74
27 CD Yeray Alvarez 183 78
18 LB Oscar de Marcos 180 76
10 CM Iker Muniain 168 62
22 CM Raul Garcia 183 80
7 CDM Benat Etxebarria 175 72
8 CDM Ander Iturraspe 187 74
11 CM Inaki Williams 186 77
20 CF Aritz Aduriz 181 78
No. Pos Player M kg
99 GK Boy Waterman 188 73
44 RB Nicolas Ioannou 184 -
90 CD Cedric Yambere 190 78
30 CD Giorgos Merkis 187 83
21 LB Zhivko Milanov 177 70
10 CM Facundo Bertoglio 171 66
7 CM Georgios Efrem 171 -
70 CM Giannis Gianniotas 173 71
16 CDM Vinicius 186 74
26 CDM Nuno Morais 185 76
20 CF Pieros Sotiriou 186 -