Panathinaikos v Athletic Bilbao Betting: Take a chance on the Greek side at a tasty price

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Considering their struggles on the road in Europe, Al Hain-Cole is backing against Los Leones coming out on top versus Ouzounidis' reinvigorated side

Athletic Bilbao will be hoping to improve on their poor European away form when they travel to Athens to take on Panathinaikos in Thursday's Europa League qualifier first leg.

Los Leones have lost four and won just one of their last seven European ties on the road, but are priced at 117/100 (2.17) with Betsafe to put an end to that streak with an important victory at the Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis.

With three defeats to their name in their previous four home matches in this competition, Marinos Ouzounidis' team are actually 5/2 (3.50) outsiders to gain the upper hand in the tie.

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Two of the guests' last three European away games have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 23/10 (3.30) available on them being forced to settle for a share of the spoils once again here.

Considering they collected just a single point from their six group stage matches in last season's competition, the Greek outfit may seem like the perfect opposition for a visiting side hoping to end their away day blues.

However, five of those six fixtures took place before the appointment of Ouzounidis, who has turned the team around since taking over from former Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni last December.


Having lost four of the five matches prior to his arrival to make it just two wins in 13 fixtures, the Greens went on to lose only seven of their 35 remaining fixtures under the former Panionios boss for the rest of the campaign.

This revival was built around a strong record on home soil, where they dropped just seven of 42 available points in front of their own fans.

All in all, it would take a brave punter to back Athletic for victory at such a narrow price given their unimpressive away record, with odds of 29/20 (2.45) appearing far better value on Panathinakois in the draw no bet market.

Panathinaikos Draw no Bet at 29/20 (2.45) for a 1 pt stake with Betsafe
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