Hertha BSC take on the visitors Athletic Bilbao at “Olympiastadion” in the first round of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The game will be played in Berlin on Thursday, September 14th.
In this season Hertha BSC have conducted four clashes already and all of them were played within the home competitions meaning that the club is only going to enter the Eurocups. After three matchdays of the German Bundesliga behind, “Die Alte Dame” sits on the ninth place in the standings with four points taken and 3-3 goal difference. The Berliners are the home team as starting from the 1st of October 2016 the club got 11 triumphs, two draws and four defeats in 17 encounters in front of its fans.
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Unlike the upcoming rival, Athletic Bilbao started the season on the 27th of July in the Qualify round to the UEFA Europa League, having passed through Dinamo Bucuresti 1:1, 3:0 and Panathinaikos 3:2, 1:0. The Basques have played already seven games in this season resulting in not a single loss, five triumphs and two draws. Athletic Bilbao come up to the fight in Berlin with 395-minute run without conceded goals, however, in 2017 the Basques suffer on the road as they managed to gain only six wins alongside with two draws and eight defeats in 16 away encounters, having got specific uncertainty complex at away grounds.
It will be the first head-to-head for Hertha BSC and Athletic Bilbao. The opponents are nearly the same level being the mid-table performers of the German Bundesliga and the Spanish LaLiga respectively. I believe that the home-field advantage should play its role and the hosts will be able to earn at least on point.
Prediction for the match: Hertha BSC to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.