UEL Match Preview: Hertha Berlin SC vs Athelitic club Bilbao
Date: 14th September (15th in India and far East)
Time:12:35 IST/ 20:35 CET/ 21:15 BET
Athelitic club start off their third straight Europa league campaign away to Berlin
Another must watch game staged at Olympiastadion, German side Hertha Berlin makes a return to the European stage welcoming old contenders Spanish club Bilbao in an eagerly awaited clash at the capital.
Hertha recaptured possitivity finishing 7th in the Bundesliga the previous season and made a brilliant show in the qualifying round to reach the groupv stage of the competition. The German side stuffed with young talent is really a fantastic team to watch. Their attacking calibre are also of high degree as they hold the pedigree to upset big clubs like Bayern and Dortmund. But it is still to watch what they make out on the European stage.
Athelitic Bilbao will be happy with their record on Germain soil. The Spanish side are unbeaten in their previous two meetings at Germany. Not only that Athelitic club had often mastered the stage, reaching the finals in 2012 of recent which they lost to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. Athelitic showed their kingship in the 2015 season where they were eliminated by eventual champions Sevilla in the quarter final stage. But they must learn lesson from their average display last term. Their frustrating defeat to Apoel Nicosia in the round of 32 stage even after settling the tie at home in the first leg. That away defeat also sparked their defensive problem. They even began the previous season with a 1-0 defeat away to Sassulo though then coach Ernesto Valverde never picked the actual 11 for the game. They qualified for this group stage eliminating Panathikanikos in the qualifying round.
Hertha kicked off their Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win over Augsburg but then they lost to Dortmund. They tremble in the 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen but that they cannot make any more slip up in order to combat for big stage. One important man could be Mathieu Leckie. The man has scored three goals uptil now and soon turning to be a goal threat for the Berlin side.
Athelitic club had a strong beginning to their campaign. They collected 7 points from the opening three games overturning a opening day draw against Getafe. They quickly rectified that with 1-0 win against Eibar and 2-0 versus Girona respectively. But the problem remain with their defense. One revolutionary man will always be their center forward Aritz Aduritz who love to decorate the competition with his goals. He even received the top scorer award in 2015.
Pal Dardai will be without goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann and strikers Davie Selke and Julian Schieber due to injuries.
Jose Angel Ziganda will be missing goalkeeper Kepa, right back Oscar de Marcos, and center back Yeray Alvarez due to injuries.
HERTHA BSC- Jarstein, Weiser, Langkamp, Rekik, Planterherd, Stark Stekjbard , Leckie, Stocker, Ibisevic
ATHELITIC CLUB- Herrein, Boveda, Nunez, Laporte, Saborit, Iturraspe, Garcia, Munian, San Jose, Susaeta, Aduritz