Betting tip UEFA Europa League: US Sassuolo Calcio - Athletic Bilbao

Thursday, 15.09.2016 at 19:00 o’clock (CET)

Sassuolo is fighting against form crisis

US Sassuolo and Athletic Bilbao play against each other on the first day of action in Europe League Group F. On the one hand the Italian first league club wants to reward itself for a great last season and on the other hand they try to find a way out of their loss of form. Kick-off is Thursday at 7 PM.

Current form US Sassuolo

Last season Sassuolo sensationally finished in the top 6 and so secured a ticket for Europe League qualification, where they eliminated Red Star Belgrad thanks to a 3:0 home win and a 1:1 draw away. This success has been the only one in this season yet. Coach Eusebio de Francesco’s team is fighting against a form crisis right now. Sassuoalo is currently ranked 17th after three rounds and therefore very close to a relegation spot. After the season opener Sassuolo was hopeful, that they will have a successful season again. After all they won in Palermo 1:0. That victory was followed by a surprising and unexpected loss to Delfino Pescara though (0:3). Last weekend de Francesco’s team didn’t stand a chance against defending champion Juventus Turin and lost 1:3. Sassuolo is currently struggling on offense as well as on defense. On offense they are especially missing last year’s top scorer Dominico Berardi. The wing won’t be able to play on Thursday as well.

Current form Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao has similar problems as their Italian opponent. Ernesto Valverde’s team started very poorly into the new season and has only scored three points so far. They are currently ranked 14th. Knowing the Basques ambitions this is not good enough. Unlike Sassuolo Bilbao’s form curve is facing upwards however. The Spaniards messed up their first two games against Sporting Gijón (1:2) and FC Barcelona (0:1), but won their last game away against Deportivo La Coruna 1:0. Therefore they should have a little bit more self-confidence than Sassuolo. The Basques are currently especially struggling on offense, while their defense is pretty steady. The goal from Deportivo was only the second one they received this season. Strikers Inaki Williams and Aritz Aduriz are suffering from jamming. Captain and wing Iker Muniain also isn’t providing the usual dynamic right now. At least Bilbao was very efficient against La Coruna. They had less chances than their opponent and still were able to celebrate a victory.

Betting forecast

Bilbao and Sassuolo are two teams that are currently in search for their form. Bilbao will have to play good defense, while the Italians will have to try to eliminate their difficulties on defense. The momentum currently speaks for Bilbao, that’s why we believe that the Basques will be able to win away. Our recommendation: Tip 2.

The last 5 results of US Sassuolo Calcio in detail

Date League Home Visitor Result
Form
10.09.2016 Italien Serie A Juventus Turin US Sassuolo Calcio 3:1
L
28.08.2016 Italien Serie A US Sassuolo Calcio Delfino Pescara 1936 2:1
W
21.08.2016 Italien Serie A US Palermo US Sassuolo Calcio 0:1
W
14.05.2016 Italien Serie A US Sassuolo Calcio Inter Mailand 3:1
W
08.05.2016 Italien Serie A Frosinone Calcio US Sassuolo Calcio 0:1
W

The last 5 results of Athletic Bilbao in detail

Date League Home Visitor Result
Form
11.09.2016 Spanien Primera Division Deportivo La Coruna Athletic Bilbao 0:1
W
28.08.2016 Spanien Primera Division Athletic Bilbao FC Barcelona 0:1
L
21.08.2016 Spanien Primera Division Sporting Gijón Athletic Bilbao 2:1
L
14.05.2016 Spanien Primera Division Athletic Bilbao FC Sevilla 3:1
W
01.05.2016 Spanien Primera Division Athletic Bilbao Celta Vigo 2:1
W

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