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Battle of Bulls between Basque boys Bilbao and Turin team Torino

| 26.02.2015

La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao (19/20 for victory in 90 minutes) and Serie A side Torino (3/1) produced one of the matches of the round in the Europa League last 32 first leg fixtures, as they drew 2-2 in Italy.

That is perhaps due to both cities being synonymous with bulls, with the Basque Country renowned for showcasing bullfighting annually during Bilbao’s Semana Grande festival, as well as the famous Running of the Bulls that occurs in nearby Navarre regional capital Pamplona. The symbol of Turin, meanwhile, is a bull, and Torino are nicknamed Il Toro.

So, as this duo ready themselves to lock horns again, one stand-off to look out for in particular will be between Pamplona-born Bilbao left forward Iker Muniain and Italy right wing back Matteo Darmian.

The two young internationals cancelled each other out in the first leg, but the latter, who also caused problems against England at the last World Cup, gained an assist for former Barcelona player Maxi Lopez.

Darmian, who has two goals in the Europa League (qualifiers and group stage) this season already, is a tempting 8/1 chance to net anytime this time, while his Spanish counterpart Muniain, who was skipper in the last game, is 13/5.

Torino boss Giampiero Ventura, meanwhile, will have a decision to make whether to leave out Italy attacker and club top scorer this term Fabio Quagliarella again, or stick with Lopez, who bagged a brace in the first leg.

Former Juventus forward Quagliarella did come off the bench, though, and is 5/2 to strike anytime and 7/1 to get the last goal. Fellow former Juve attacker Amauri was also a substitute that came on, and he is 11/4 to net anytime.

Lopez, though, is the same price in the same market, and 12/1 to get two or more again.

For Bilbao, back their leading marksman this term Aritz Aduriz at 13/10 to net anytime. Inaki Williams and Carlos Gurpegi got their goals in the first leg, and they are 2/1 and 17/2 respectively.

It is the Basque side that ultimately go into this tie as favourites, as their odds-on price of 4/11 to qualify for the last 16 suggests, as Torino (2/1) have lost all of their four visits to Spain.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.