Ostersunds – Athletic Bilbao – Europa League: 19th October 2017
Ostersunds ranks first in Group J in the Europa League. The Swedish team that was in the debut season at Euopa was forced into confrontations with Zorya and Hertha. Ostersunds did not receive a goal in those two games. Athletic has just one point before this game, surprisingly losing the game against Zorya.
Bilbao’s European campaign is in danger of ending prematurely. The guests are very much in need of the three points played in the Jamtkraft Arena match. The results of the away team are not encouraging. The last “outside” success came nearly two months ago when Bilbao defeated Eibar in the second round of La Liga.
Ostersund’s defense has done his job not just in the Europa League. In 9 of the last official games, the team did not receive a goal. This should be an intimidating statistic for a team like Bilbao, who only won a match in the last eight games.
Ostersunds is the team in shape before this confrontation. The match is in front of Swedish fans. The home team’s defense has done a great job recently. Nothing seems to indicate a favorable outcome for the Basques. They still have a lot with quality players. That did not provide the results. I think it will be a little match with offensive. If the guests would win, the difference should not be greater than one goal.