A striking match on Thursday is the one held by Rapid Vienna and Athletic Bilbao for a new date of the Europa League (group stage).

In my opinion, there is no clear favorite this time, as the two teams are intense and offensive by nature. For this reason and considering that everything is resolved in the group, we advise you to play a few euros to the bet “plus 1.5 goals”. Of course, the Basques will seek to win the match to see if they can get the first place they currently occupy in the Belgian Genk.

Take into account that Rapid Vienna comes from losing 1-0 against Genk as a visitor, adding 4 games without winning in the group (2 draws and 2 losses). It has 5 units in total, already being eliminated from the competition. He is known for being an offensive set but very irregular in defense (6 goals in favor and 7 against). He is expected to play without pressure by not fighting for anything in the match.

On the other hand do not forget that the Austrians have added 4 points from 6 possible in the group, after beating Genk 3-2 Belgium and drawing 1-1 against Italian Sassuolo. He is known to be an explosive team in attack but unstable at the time of scoring. He is expected to raise a high-tempo match, so he can no longer qualify for the next stage of the competition.

Continuing with the analysis you should know that Athletic Bilbao defeated Sassuolo 3-2 in the new San Mamés, reaching the 9 units in the general table. In these days, shares the top of the group with the Belgian Genk, being his goal to get the first place. Of course, already is classified to the next stage of the Europa League, being able to face the party with more calm.

To conclude we tell you that the “Lions” have not won as visitors in the group, after losing their first two starts consecutively. First they fell 3-0 to Sassuolo in Italy, then fell 2-0 to the Belgian Genk. Its objective is to improve its offensive effectiveness in this condition, having to improve a lot in defensive matter.

After all this I play for the “more 1.5 goals” bet because of the following reasons: First because Austrians and Spaniards are intense and offensive by nature, being feasible to elaborate situations from the initial pitazo. Second because Rapid Vienna, thus eliminated, scored and conceded goals in their first two home matches. Therefore, this pattern is expected to be repeated once again. And third, because Athletic Bilbao is a dynamic and tough set, so headline players or some substitutes. Faced with this reality and knowing that the Basques are playing the classification, we believe that the final result can be a 1-1 or a 2-0 victory for any side. Remember that the Spaniards usually give away goals playing as visitors.

Our prediction:

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