Athletic Bilbao take on the visitors Marseille at “San Mames” in the second-leg tackle of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The game will be played in Bilbao on Thursday, March 15th.
Athletic Bilbao face huge difficulties in this season. The team demonstrates weak football in the LaLiga and doesn’t fight even for a place in the Eurocups. The Basques have managed to win Group J of the UEFA Europa League with 11 points taken after six encounters played against Ostersunds, FK Zorya Luhansk and Hertha Berlin. “Lehoiak” looked rather decent in attack, having scored eight goals so far, however, their defense also looked great with five goals conceded. In the previous home clashes Athletic Bilbao have broken Leganes 2:0 and Malaga 2:1 plus gained 1:1 draw against Valencia.
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In their turn, Marseille show solid football in this season which pleases the club’s supporters. The team is trying to win a place in the UEFA Champions League. “Les Phoceens” occupied the second position in Group I of the UEFA Europa League where they competed with Salzburg, Konyaspor and Guimaraes. The side’s offense looked pale as it has scored only four goals while its defense demonstrated high level of mastery, having conceded the same four goals. In the previous round of the tournament Marseille knocked out Braga while in the latest battles conducted on the road “Les Phoceens” have beaten Toulouse 2:1 and lost twice to Paris SG with the same 0:3 scoreline.
The first-leg game played in France was finished in a confident 3:1 triumph of Marseille. It is most likely that the upcoming visitors won’t lose such handicap, however, the Basques will definitely give a serious fight and won’t fail in face of their fans.
Prediction for the match: Athletic Bilbao to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.