UA-96249249-1 Europa League 19 October: Östersunds FK vs Athletic Club - Football-Sweden

Europa League 19 October: Östersunds FK vs Athletic Club

Europa League 19 October: Östersunds FK vs Athletic Club

Östersunds FK vs Athletic Club 19:00 Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund
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Third match in the group stage for both teams. Östersunds FK leads the group J with 6 points, having beaten both Zorya and Hertha Berlin. Athletic Bilbao is 3rd with 1 point having drawn with Hertha in Berlin and lost to Zorya at home.

Östersunds FK has been the fairytale team in this season´s Europa League. They knocked out Galatasaray and PAOK in the qualifiers and have since won both of their games in the group. Just a few seasons ago the team played in the lower divisions in Sweden and their rise to the Allsvenskan and actually succeed in there has been remarkable. One of their biggest strengths, especially in European competition is their home field. They play quite north in Sweden on an artificial pitch. Most European teams find it difficult to adjust to the pitch and this gives advantage for ÖFK. In Sweden they have lost only once at home and they have a 7-6-1 record.

Athletic Club has not had the best start to their season. They are 11th in the Spanish primera liga with 11 points from 8 games. In the Europa League they are yet to get a win so this game is a must win for them. They did beat Sevilla 1-0 during the weekend but before that they went 6 games without a win in all competition. On the road they are now 4 matches without a win (0-2-2).


This is a must win for the visitors and despite the good form that ÖFK has, Athletic should come home with the win.

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