Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sporting CP
Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium (Istanbul).
Winning with at least a three-goal margin will be an uphill battle for Istanbul Basaksehir. With their home ground advantage, the host can probably win the clash in ninety minutes even though qualifying will be a herculean task against Sporting CP.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sporting CP Head-to-head (h2h)
Their previous encounter awarded a 3-1 home win for Sporting.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sporting CP Match preview
After losing 3-1 to Sporting CP in the first leg, Istanbul Basaksehir will be hosting the opponents in the reverse fixture for pride.
Istanbul has lost only two of their last five matches following a 1-0 home win against Besiktas in their previous encounter in the Turkish Super Lig.
Sporting CP, on the other hand, has been unbeaten in their past four matches across all major contests. Their previous encounter was at home with Boavista and the former won it with a 2-0 scoreline.
Even if Sporting loses the match, they can qualify unless the host does not win with a three-goal margin in the clash. So, the visitors will not be pressing much in the game.
Either we can witness Istanbul bagging the bragging rights as a consolation for not qualifying or we can see a close encounter where both teams share the spoils in ninety minutes.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sporting CP Prediction
Istanbul Basaksehir will be booting for their first-ever home game in the knockout stages of a major European competition. The host has lost only one of their six home matches in the Europa League until now.
Sporting CP has a history of progressing from four out of five EL knockout ties after winning in the first leg. However, they did taste defeat in their last away match in the Europa League against LASK.
Besides, Istanbul has lost only one of their three home matches in the Europa League this season so far. In sharp contrast, Sporting has lost two of their three away fixtures in the same competition this season until now.
Back in 2017, the Turkish contingents faced Sporting Braga, another Portuguese side, at home only to win the match with a 2-1 scoreline. In the meantime, Sporting CP has lost to Braga in consecutive two matches on the road in Portuguese competitions. So, Istanbul has a slight edge over Sporting in the match.
Hence, the punters can go with a double chance in the game favoring the host as they have more chances of winning the game whether they qualify or not. Also, based on the first leg results, we can expect both teams to score within ninety minutes.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sporting CP Betting tips
Double chance: Istanbul Basaksehir or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5).
Both teams to score @ 1.75 (3/4).