APOEL vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction 23 February 2017
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APOEL vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction 23 February 2017

Tournament: Europa League
Location: GSP Stadium
Match date: 23.02.2017 at 18:00

On February 23 2017 at 18:00 at the GSP Stadium in the second leg game of the Europa League play-offs round of 32 the local APOEL play against Athletic from Bilbao.

In the first leg game of the current stage of the Europa League Athletic from Bilbao hosted APOEL at their stadium. The Basks had been considered to be the favorites of the match before it and their performance proved that opinion was right. They had a huge advantage in possession and were attacking their competitors from the first minutes of the game. Yet, they were not so table in defense because of their concentration in attack and that was probably their mistake. They conceded a goal on the 36th minute and this fact showed them their problems which let them balance their performance and after that score the equalizer. In the second half of the match Athletic managed to score two more goals and concede once on the last minutes of the game.

We must also admit that both teams had their matches in the national championships. Athletic lost to Valencia 2:0 on Sunday and APOEL won against AEL 3:0. APOEL haven’t lost at home since August 10 for 16 games in a row where they only drew three times. As for Athletic, they only won four away games in the current season and last time it happened in the match against Racing form some lower division in the Copa del Rey.

As we have already mentioned before, that first leg match of the Europa League was the first one in their history played against each other. We shouldn’t also forget that APOEL are the current champions of Cyprus and they show really solid performance and results in the home matches. We shouldn’t also forget that APOEL won all of their games played at the group stage of the Europa League. As for Athletic, they concede two home goals and that may be the main problem which may help their competitors. Moreover, the Basks haven’t won a single away game at the group stage of the Europa League.