Athletic Bilbao– Spartak 22.02.2018 predictions

Match start: 21:05 (GMT+1)

Athletic Bilbao

After the successful travel to Moscow the Lions’ visit to Madrid wasn’t so successful. Till 67th minute of the match the score was 0:0 but at first Basques were upset by Kevin Gameiro and then Diego Costa.

The defeat of Athletic with the score 0:2 became for the team of José Ángel Ziganda the second in three last matches of the championship of Spain.

In the current season of La Liga Athletic had lost only in two home matches of La Ligui out of 11. However, the number of victories isn’t large too– three. More than in half of cases the matches ended with the draw result.

At a group stage of the Europa League Athletic suffered one defeat. What is surprising, this happened during the home game against Ukrainian Zorya (0:1). Other eight last home matches were won by the Lions.


The team from Moscow before the match against Basques came to Spain for the 4th meeting. The choice of the place is clear – close to return leg of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League. If the team has no qualitative game drive we wish that there won’t be any problems with the journey.

Fans of the Russian team don’t wait for anything good. If at home during the group stage of the Champions League Spartak has ruined Sevilla (5:1) and took some points from Liverpool (1:1). In Spain Massimo Carrera's team was destroyed (1:2) and in England was humiliated (0:7). And here the team began with the defeat at home arena.

The fact that Spartak didn't win any of the last 11 guest fights in Euro cups, six of which were lost doesn’t please anyone.


At the first meeting Spartak wasn’t bad but mistakes and silly accidents led to the defeat with the score 1:3.

Bookmaker line

Athletic to win 1.85

Draw – 3.60

Spartak to win 4.20

Match prediction

Carrera's football players need to score at least three goals in Bilbao. We believe that this will lead to a productive result of return leg. It would be possible to doubt but the defense of the Russian team is depleted by Georgi Dzhikiya's loss.

Our tip: Total over 2.5 - odds 1.83 Betfair

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