Our football match prediction:
David faces Goliath at San Mames Barria on Thursday evening. Athletic Bilbao take on Zorya of Ukraine in front of home fans in their second group game in the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign and they are considered hot favourites to win the match. It is well known that the Lions have turned their San Mames into a real fortress and despite the fact that they were beaten by Atletico Madrid in their last home game in La Liga, we predict that the Basques are going to record their first win in Group J after sharing the spoils with Hertha in Berlin. Zorya suffered a 2-0 loss to Ostersunds at home ground in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to upset Athletic Bilbao in Thursday’s clash in the Basque Country. Experienced attacker Aritz Aduriz is likely to lead the line for the hosts against the Ukrainian outfit.
Highlighted Player (Iñaki Williams):
Inaki Williams is one of the most talented Spanish players. The pacey winger, who plays as a centre-forward as well, started his senior career at Basconia, scoring seven goals in 18 appearances for the club. In 2014 he moved to Athletic Bilbao, but he played for the reserve team at the beginning. Inaki impressed in the 2014/2015 season with Athletic Bilbao B and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the Spanish top flight with the first team. The Spanish footballer made his La Liga debut on December 6, 2014, replacing injured attacker Aritz Aduriz in a 1-0 loss to Cordoba. Inaki Williams represented Spain at the 2017 U21 European Championship in Poland and he played 20 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the final of the tournament. Speaking of the senior squad, the Athletic Bilbao footballer made his Spain debut in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on May 29, 2016. Inaki Williams was born in Bilbao on June 15, 1994.
Highlighted Team (Zorya):
Zorya are a professional football club that compete in the Ukrainian Premier League. The club was founded in 1923 and in 1972 they won Soviet Top League. Speaking of competitions in Ukraine, Zorya made it to the cup final in the 2015/2016 season, with the team losing to Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2) in the title game. Despite suffering the loss to the Miners in the Ukrainian Cup final, Zorya made it to the Europa League group stages. It has to be noted that the Ukrainian team played out a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce on their debut in the group stages of the European competition. Slavutych Arena has been the home ground of the club since 2014 and you should bear in mind that they played at Avanhard Stadium from 1951 to 2014. Before the World War II Zorya played their home games at Lenin Stadium. The club’s home colours are black and white. Anatoliy Kuksov is the club’s most capped players, making 517 appearances for Zorya in all competitions.