Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
0-2 - Won
Zorya Luhansk ended as third placed team in Ukraine in last season and won direct placement into Europa league group stage where after five rounds are at third position at the table, they are two points behind second placed Bilbao and still have chances in theory to stay in Europe until spring, however they awaiting Spanish side Bilbao tonight in last round and must show some really outstanding performances to defeat them. Hosts aren't in some very good form, they celebrated only once in last 8 matches and must show much more here against decent side which are coming here to earn one point.
In last round they divided points with Odessa, they outplayed opponents in that duel but simple failed to score one goal more, one week before that achieved their only victory since October over Zirka Kropyvnytskyi with narrow result. It was hard to expect that will manage to do something in this group beside Hertha and Bilbao but surprisingly Swedish side Ostersunds are at top of the table and all six points Zorya eared in duels with Bilbao and Hertha, in first meeting with guests they achieved victory on the road but i'm not so sure that will manage to repeat that. Defenders Opanasenko (17/5), Pryyma (8/1), Pylyavsky (0/0) and midfielder Kalitvintsev (6/1) are all on list of injured players and won't be available.
For Bilbao on the other hand this season so far was far from good, they are at 16th position at the table in Spanish Primera and only four points are above red zone, it will be really difficult for them to climb up and fight for position which leads into Europe for the next season. Guests are struggling to find their form since this campaign started and can't brag with results, in first few weeks they started good but than something happened and all went wrong, tonight can't afford another failure and draw suits for them but i believe that can overcome hosts.
Bilbao are playing regularly in Europa league and have enough experience to play matches like this, in last round in Spain they earned one very important point against one of the strongest teams in league Real Madrid and were quiet good in that game so in the end deserved point, from Spanish Cup were eliminated ten days ago by lower ranked side Formentera. This won't be an easy task for Bilbao to earn points but despite they are in some serious crisis still are team with quality and tonight i believe that will celebrate and get back on winning tracks. Defender Yeray Alvarez (0/0), midfielders Iturraspe (11/0), Benat (6/0) and forward Muniain (6/1) are all injured and will stay out of action.
Zorya Luhansk must win, that is their only option to stay in Europe but in front of them are Spanish team which are unpleasant opponents always, although it seems that Zorya can surprise here and achieve probably most important victory in this season here in front of their crowd i doubt in that and victory of Bilbao is my choice for this match.