Our match prediction:
Athletic Bilbao will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against Valencia when the two sides take on each other at Estadio de Mestalla on Thursday evening. The Basque outfit have been in a thrilling form of late and they will be aiming to extend their winning run to six games in all competitions when they square off against los Che in the Europa League last 16, return leg. Gary Neville saw his men slip to a 1-0 loss to Levante in Sunday’s local derby, but considering that Valencia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the hosts are definitely capable of making life difficult for Athletic Bilbao. Anyhow, the Basques, who have been impressive at the back in recent weeks, are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s Europa League game and we predict that quite a few goals will be scored in the upcoming football game.
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.