Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sevilla
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Play-off
Date: Wednesday, 16th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium (Istanbul).
The Champions League play-offs is all about exciting match-ups. And there is plenty of it when the new star of Turkish football Istanbul Basaksehir welcome Sevilla on Wednesday.
Basaksehir achieved their best league position in Turkish League by finishing second, eventually earning their first entry into Champions League qualifiers. The Turks were draws with a difficult opponent in Club Bruges in the third round. And they crossed the first hurdle with a 5-3 aggregate win (2-0 home and 3-3 away). The 3-3 away draw is a clear evidence of this team’s fearless attitude.
Sevilla are looking for third consecutive Champions League group stage appearance. They did fail to progress beyond the group in last two seasons.
To be honest, Sevilla’s success in Europe is entirely down to their achievements in the Europa League. They had little success at the Champions League and are yet to progress beyong the quarter finals.
Sevilla’s record at Champions League qualifiers is win 1 and loss 1. In 2007/08, they defeated AEK Athens in both legs. But their most recent one in 2010/11 against Portuguese side Braga ended in a pair of defeats (0-1 away, 3-4 home).
Basaksehir vs Sevilla: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between the two sides as well as Basaksehir’s first with a Spanish team.
Sevilla’ previous knockout tie against a Turkish team ended in defeat. They lost out to Fenerbahce in Champions League round of 16 on penalties. The visit to Turkey during the period ended in a 3-2 defeat.
Basaksehir vs Sevilla: Prediction
This is a extremely difficult fixture for Sevilla, especially with their poor record in away games across all competitions. On top of this, the team has undergone a managerial change in the summer with Eduardo Berizzo replacing the acclaimed Jorge Sampaoli. The Spanish team are yet to settled down after the changes. Therefore, this is Basaksehir’s game to lose if they do not make the home advantage count.
Basaksehir vs Sevilla: Bet Tips
FT – Basaksehir to win for 3.47 @ Pinnacle.
Brave Punters can back the correct full-time score 2-0 for 17.00 odd at William Hill on small stakes.