Besiktas vs Lyon – Europa League
Thursday 20th April 20:05, Vodafone Arena
Match Preview and Betting Tips
This Europa League tie is very finely poised as Lyon take a narrow 2-1 lead into the 2nd leg in Turkey where the hosts have been particularly good over recent seasons.
That away goal could prove vital as Besiktas go in search of one goal and a clean sheet which would be good enough to see their French rivals dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Up until that loss in France Besiktas had been in great form and enjoying an unbeaten run, while Lyon had been performing a little inconsistently for their own liking.
Besiktas have emerged as Turkey’s best club over the last two seasons and they once again top their domestic league with an advantage of 5 points currently.
Lyon have slipped a little in the pecking order of French football with the rise of Monaco and Nice this season, and Champions League football looks unlikely for the next campaign as Lyon are well behind Nice in 4th place.
I’m not sure which was this game is going to go, but wouldn’t be that surprised if we ended up going into extra time. I like what I’ve seen of Besiktas at hoke over recent seasons so my money is going on a home win and both teams to score.
That means we will be in for over 2.5 goals if things go as I have predicted and it would then be worth betting on Aboubakar to score the first goal of the game as he has already notched 3 in this competition for Besiktas.
Besiktas | DWDWWL
Lyon | LLDWLW
Besiktas vs Lyon Stats
These two sides met for the first time competitively this month, and their first match did not disappoint with both teams scoring in a tightly fought 90 minutes.
A strike from former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel in the 15th minute put Besiktas in front, and to be fair to Lyon they responded well to turn this tie in their favour.
Goals from Tolisso and Morel just a minute apart handed Lyon the lead inside the final 7 minutes of the 1st leg, but that away goal could still come back to haunt the Ligue 1 side as they weren’t all that convincing in their own back yard and Turkey is a notoriously hard place to play.
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