Kev's dipping his toe into the Europa League, and he thinks struggling Athletic Club could stumble into another crisis.
"Athletic Club are playing really poorly, and coach Cuco Ziganda is under huge pressure. Zorya have been much better this term than they were in last season's UEL."
Zorya v Athletic Club
Thursday December 07, 20:05
Live on BT Sport Extra
It finished Silkeborg 3 Lyngby 1 last night. Sadly for us, only two of those goals arrived in the regulation 90 minutes, so we were left only halfway to heaven.
We hop across to Lviv now, as Ukrainian side Zorya chase a place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Their task is straightforward - they must beat Basque side Athletic Club to jump above them in the standings.
Athletic Club are in a tricky position. Their thrilling 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin on Matchday Five in Bilbao put them in second place in the group, and they could actually top the section if they win and group leaders Ostersund slip up at eliminated Hertha Berlin.
Zorya were poor in last season's Europa League, outclassed by Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and the eventual Europa League winners Manchester United. They have learnt their lessons, and Yuri Vernydub's side have been far better this season. They beat Athletic Club 1-0 in Bilbao, they beat Hertha 2-1 in Lviv, and it would be a huge achievement to reach the last 32.
Athletic Club were bailed out by the clumsy concession of a couple of penalties against Hertha, and they were totally outplayed in the first half. Their away form is a cause for concern (they haven't won any of their last nine road matches in all competitions) and incredibly they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey recently by lower-league Formentera. Coach Cuco Ziganda is clinging onto his job by his fingernails.
I can't get on board with an out-of-form Athletic Club being odds-on here, so I'll happily oppose them.
Lay Athletic Club at [1.9]
Points Staked: 175
Points Returned: 168.75
P/L: -6.25 points