Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Panathinaikos and Athletic Bilbao will be facing each other at the Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis on Thursday night for the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie. Panathinaikos suffered a 0-2 home loss at the hands of Smyrnis in a friendly game last Thursday, while Athletic Bilbao only drew 2-2 with Alaves on Saturday, with Mikel Vesga and Aritz Aduriz getting on the scoresheet for the Basque club. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news, match odds, match stats and free bets for this Europa League tie between Panathinaikos v Athletic Bilbao.

Panathinaikos v Athletic Bilbao Betting Predictions and Tips

This will be the first meeting between these two sides so I’m expecting a cagey affair. Bilbao only managed a 1-1 draw on the road at Dinamo Bucharest in the previous Europa League qualifying round, so my betting tip is that Panathinaikos are more than capable of securing a victory here. Their home form over the past seven months has been amazing as they have only lost two of their last 20 home fixtures across all competitions.Check out my betting tips and predictions below for this game. 

Match prediction: Panathinaikos Draw No Bet at 6/4

Goals prediction: Both teams to score - Yes at 11/10

Panathinaikos v Athletic Bilbao Match Odds

The game looks to be more for Athletico to win than Panathinaikos according to the bookmakers with Athletico Bilbao priced at 21/20 as the favourites. The bookmakers also seem to think the game will go under 2.5 goals with that priced at 4/7. The favourite correct score bet seems to be Athletico Bilbao 1-1 at 5/1. 

Match odds

Panathinaikos 13/5

Draw 23/10

Athletico Bilbao 21/20 

2.5 goals odds

Over 2.5 goals 27/20

Under 2.5 goals 4/7

Both teams to score odds

Both teams to score yes at 11/10

Both teams to score no at 4/6

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

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

Athletic Bilbao are undefeated in all of their last 2 games against Panathinaikos

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Panathinaikos Form Guide

Panathinaikos Team Logo

Panathinaikos

Won

5

Draw

0

Lost

5
W H

15-04-2018

Super League

Atromitos Team Logo Atromitos

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

22-04-2018

Super League

Panionios Team Logo Panionios

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

29-04-2018

Super League

PAOK Thessaloniki FC Team Logo PAOK Thessaloniki FC

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

07-05-2018

Super League

Xanthi Team Logo Xanthi

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

18-07-2018

Club Friendlies

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

22-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Royal Antwerp Team Logo Royal Antwerp

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

ADO Den Haag Team Logo ADO Den Haag

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

26-08-2018

Super League

Xanthi Team Logo Xanthi

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

01-09-2018

Super League

Lamia Team Logo Lamia

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

16-09-2018

Super League

AE Larissa Team Logo AE Larissa

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
D A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Duisburg Team Logo Duisburg

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Fiorentina Team Logo Fiorentina

FT 3 - 5

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Mainz 05 Team Logo Mainz 05

FT 5 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

11-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Hannover 96 Team Logo Hannover 96

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

12-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

20-08-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

27-08-2018

Primera Division

SD Huesca Team Logo SD Huesca

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

06-09-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Valladolid Team Logo Real Valladolid

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

15-09-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Panathinaikos Preview

Panathinaikos finished second in the Greek Super League play-offs last season to book their place in the Europa League third qualifying round. Panathinaikos’ domestic campaign will kick off this weekend, which means they had enough time to prepare for this tie with Bilbao. Panathinaikos looked strong in the previous Europa League qualifying round as they beat Gabala 1-3 on aggregate thanks to goals from Guillermo Federico Molins, Robin Lod and Bryan Alfredo. The Greeks have endured a decent pre-season campaign, losing just once in their five friendlies. Furthermore, the Greens can count on their home form as they have only lost twice in their last 20 home fixtures across all competitions. They were on a six-game unbeaten streak prior to their 0-2 home loss at the hands of Smyrnis in their most recent fixture. Panathinaikos are a team with plenty of experience in Europe, having reached the Europa League group stages in four of their last six attempts. Last season, the Greeks finished bottom of the group G table with just one point to their name after six group fixtures. They were on a three-game losing streak at home in the Europa League prior to their 1-0 win over Gabala in the third qualifying round.

Panathinaikos Team News

Paschalis Staikos is the only doubtful player for Panathinaikos ahead of this tie.

Athletic Bilbao Preview

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao have endured a mixed run of form over the past month, winning four, drawing three and losing three of their last ten games across all competitions. The Basque side managed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Dinamo Bucharest in the previous Europa League qualifying round, although they were held to a 1-1 draw in Bucharest in the first leg. Similar to their Thursday’s opponents, Bilbao are no strangers to the Europa League competition. Leones have reached the group stage of the competition on five occasions since 2010. Last season, Bilbao were eliminated from the round of 32 following a 4-3 aggregate loss at the hands of APOEL, despite winning 3-2 at home in the first leg. The most worrying fact is that Athletic Bilbao have struggled to pick up victories on the road in the Europa League over the past year, losing five and drawing twice in their last seven away fixtures. Furthermore, Bilbao have only won two of their last seven away games across all competitions. Raul Garcia and Aritz Aduriz are the players to watch here, as both looked sharp in the previous Europa League qualifying round.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Aymeric Laporte is a doubt, but Yeray Alvarez and Ander Iturraspe are both missing through injury. The good news is that Boveda Altube Eneko is back in training following his ankle injury.

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Panathinaikos Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

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 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

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

Panathinaikos vs Athletic Bilbao Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
99 GK Odisseas Vlachodimos 188 73
5 LB Nuno Reis 181 76
4 CD Georgios Koutroubis 190 78
31 CD Rodrigo Moledo 188 -
23 RB Niklas Hult 173 65
7 AM Omri Altman 180 76
10 CM Zeca 177 80
11 LM Bryan Cabezas 180 72
21 CM Dimitrios Kourbelis 182 73
17 RM Robin Lod 180 76
8 CF Guillermo Molins 186 81
No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK Iago Herrerin 188 89
18 LB Oscar de Marcos 180 76
16 CD Xabier Etxeita 185 79
24 RB Mikel Balenziaga 177 74
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 191 85
7 CDM Benat Etxebarria 175 72
21 CDM Mikel Vesga 191 86
22 CM Raul Garcia 183 80
15 CM Inigo Lekue 179 70
10 CM Iker Muniain 168 62
20 CF Aritz Aduriz 181 78