Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Zorya Luhansk welcome Athletic Bilbao at the Arena L’viv on Thursday night, with both teams looking for a place in the next stage of the Europa League. Zorya Luhansk suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat on the road at Ostersunds last time out in the Europa League, with Yuriy Verydub’s men conceding a goal in each half. On the contrary, Athletic Bilbao fought back from one goal down twice to secure a 3-2 home victory over Hertha Berlin thanks to a brace from Aritz Aduriz and another goal from Inaki Williams. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news, match stats and odds all in our SBAT preview. Feel free to visit our Bet of the day page to check our best daily tips.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Zorya are in dire need of a victory here while Athletic Bilbao need just one point in order to qualify further in the competition. It’s hard to say if Bilbao will push for a victory here, but we see good value in backing Aritz Aduriz to score anytime here.

Aritz Aduriz to score anytime at odds 11/10 with William Hill

Under 2.5 goals at odds 7/10 with William Hill

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

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

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Athletic Bilbao have conceeded only 1 goals in their last 2 games against Zorya

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Zorya Form Guide

Zorya Team Logo

Zorya

Won

2

Draw

4

Lost

4
L H

25-10-2017

Cup

Shakhtar Donetsk Team Logo Shakhtar Donetsk

FT 3 - 4

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

29-10-2017

Premier League

FC Olexandria Team Logo FC Olexandria

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

02-11-2017

Europa League Grp. J

Hertha Berlin Team Logo Hertha Berlin

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

05-11-2017

Premier League

Olimpik Donetsk Team Logo Olimpik Donetsk

FT 3 - 3

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

18-11-2017

Premier League

Veres Rivne Team Logo Veres Rivne

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

23-11-2017

Europa League Grp. J

Oestersunds FK Team Logo Oestersunds FK

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

26-11-2017

Premier League

Zirka Team Logo Zirka

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

02-12-2017

Premier League

Chernomorets Odessa Team Logo Chernomorets Odessa

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

07-12-2017

Europa League Grp. J

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-12-2017

Premier League

Shakhtar Donetsk Team Logo Shakhtar Donetsk

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

4

Draw

3

Lost

3
L H

28-10-2017

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

02-11-2017

Europa League Grp. J

Oestersunds FK Team Logo Oestersunds FK

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-11-2017

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

D H

19-11-2017

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

23-11-2017

Europa League Grp. J

Hertha Berlin Team Logo Hertha Berlin

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

D A

26-11-2017

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

29-11-2017

Copa del Rey

SD Formentera Team Logo SD Formentera

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

02-12-2017

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

07-12-2017

Europa League Grp. J

Zorya Team Logo Zorya

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

10-12-2017

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

Zorya Preview

Zorya Luhansk have endured a disappointing run of form over the past two months, having won just once in their last eight games across all competitions. The Ukrainians have suffered defeats in their most recent two Europa League fixtures, but they are still in contention for a place in the round of 32. They currently sit third in the group J table with six points to their name after five rounds, just two points adrift of their Thursday’s opponents. This means that a victory here will see Zorya going through the next round of the competition. They should feel confident ahead of this tie despite the recent struggle as they managed to beat Athletic Bilbao away from home in the reverse fixture. Zorya’s recent home form hasn’t been that bad as they have only lost once in their last seven home fixtures across all competitions. In addition, they managed to beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 in their most recent Europa League home game. Domestically, Zorya find themselves only 6th in the standings with 24 points after 18 rounds, already 18 points of the current leaders Shakhtar Donetsk. Artem Gromov has been Zorya’s most prolific player throughout their domestic league, helping the team with five goals and five assists, but he has failed to score in the Europa League.

Zorya Team News

Vasyl Pryima, Andriy Pylyavskyi and Vladislav Kalitvintsev are all doubts ahead of this tie.

Athletic Bilbao Preview

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao have been unrecognisable throughout this 2017/18 competitive season. They already find themselves in a precarious situation in La Liga as they currently lie 16th in the standings, just four points clear of the bottom three. Regarding their Europa League group stage campaign, the Basques were winless after the opening three rounds, but bounced back with two consecutive defeats over Ostersunds and Hertha Berlin in their most recent fixtures. This leaves them in second in the standings with eight points after five rounds and need just one point here in order to qualify further in the competition. Bilbao are currently on a three-game winless streak across all competitions, but they did well to hold Real Madrid to a nil-nil home draw in La Liga last weekend. The most worrying fact is that Athletic Bilbao are winless in ten games on the road at the moment, but it has to be said that they have scored at least two goals in five of these. They looked a bit better on the road in Europe though, drawing three and winning once in their last four trips. Aritz Aduriz has been Bilbao’s most prolific player in front of goal once again this season, as he is their top scorer in this Europa League campaign with four goals under his belt.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Iker Muniain, Iker Undabarrene and Benat Etxebarria are all missing through injury, while Oscar De Marcos and Ander Iturraspe are both doubts. The good news is that Yeray Alvarez is back in training.

Zorya Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

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

1.2

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

Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao Sidelined Players

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
16 GK Andriy Lunin - -
5 LB Artem Gordienko 181 70
3 CD Oleksandr Svatok 185 -
8 CD Igor Kharatin - -
2 RB Artem Sukhotsky 180 75
36 CDM Ruslan Babenko 170 65
18 CDM Oleksandr Andrievsky 172 64
19 CM Maksym Lunyov - -
20 CM Alexander Karavaev 173 65
95 CM Iury - -
28 CF Artem Gromov 178 72
No. Pos Player m kg
13 GK Iago Herrerin 188 89
24 RB Mikel Balenziaga 177 74
30 CD Unai Nunez 186 -
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 189 85
15 LB Inigo Lekue 179 70
14 CM Markel Susaeta 179 68
11 CM Inaki Williams 186 77
22 CM Raul Garcia 183 80
6 CDM Mikel San Jose 186 77
17 CDM Mikel Rico 178 75
20 CF Aritz Aduriz 181 78