Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao: Preview

Zorya still have theoretical chances of making it to the knockout stage, in spite of falling to Ostersunds in the previous round.

The Ukrainians, however, need to see off the Spanish heavyweights Athletic Bilbao in order to overtake the Basques in the second place and progress further in the competition.


This will be a very challenging task given that Zorya have huge issues with the efficiency in the final third.

The team led by Yuriy Vernydub scored no more than three goals in five Europa League fixtures.

Additionally, Zorya will head into this with just a single win in last eight matches in all competitions.

Athletic Bilbao

The Lions, on the other side, will come into the match high on confidence after holding Real Madrid to a goalless draw on Sunday.

Jose Angel Ziganda clearly has high ambitions in Europa League as he used the best he has in the previous round’s home clash with Hertha BSC.

Additionally, given that Bilbao are as low as 16th in La Liga and already out of Copa del Rey (a shocking early elimination to lower-division Formentera), we can expect the visitors to be fully motivated to at least make it to the last 32 round in Europa League.

Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to head

The Spanish outfit will be even more motivated to get the revenge for the shocking defeat they suffered in their first ever H2H encounter with Zorya.

The Ukrainians miraculously managed to keep their net untouched at San Mames Barria as Igor Kharatin’s goal was enough for the massive upset in the second round.

Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction

Bilbao will be highly motivated to get a result here and we’ll back them to clinch the spoils from L’viv at the odds of 1.80.

Goal Predictor Tip : | Athletic to Win | 1.80