Our match prediction:
Thanks to Aritz Aduriz “golazo”, Athletic Bilbao recorded a 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Basque outfit are, therefore, close to securing a place in the next stage, but Unai Emery’s men will have to take the return leg very seriously if they are to clinch their spot in the last 16. Athletic Bilbao head into the game following a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad in the Basque derby, meaning that they are eager to return to winning ways. Over the years the Lions have turned their San Mames Barria into a real fortress and given Marseille’s poor form, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. The Ligue 1 side were more than fortunate to play out a 1-1 draw with Saint Etienne at the weekend and, taking everything into account, Michel’s men are unlikely to put an end to their three-game winless run in all competitions.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division. The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for it’s rilvalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.