Besiktas vs Malmo
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Vodafone Stadyumu (Istanbul).
It’s still all wide open in Group I ahead of final Matchday fixtures. Besiktas came in a string position after a magnificent second-half comeback away at Sarpsborg in the previous round. The Turks got off to a nightmare start conceding two goals within opening six minutes in Norway, but they showed both character and quality to claw their way back into the contest and eventually win it thanks to a 90th-minute strike from Jermaine Lens.
The Black Eagles now need a point at home against Malmo to advance, while a win could even make them section winners if Genk fail to see off Sarpsborg simultaneously. Besiktas’ Europa League games were pretty rich on goalmouth action so far in the campaign. They have a 9-10 goal difference from five matches and we have reasons to expect goals knowing they are up against a side which drew 2-2 to Genk in the previous round.
Besiktas vs Malmo: Head-to-head
Malmo have a positive record in head to head games with Besiktas.
They won three of five H2H meetings with the Turkish side and they are yet to be beaten in Istanbul after visiting Besiktas twice over the course of history.
This term’s Europa League match saw a 2-0 victory for the Swedish Allsvenskan 2017 champions via an own goal and a penalty.
Besiktas vs Malmo: Prediction
The visitors need to grab the spoils in the Turkish capital if they are to qualify for the next round. They drew three on the spin in Europa League. Each of these three games saw goals scored at both ends. The problem for Uwe Rosler and his men might lie in the lack of competitive games as the Allsvenskan season ended more than a month ago. Malmo failed to defend the title as they only came third after 30 rounds.
Besiktas climbed up to fourth place in the Super Lig ladder after a slower start to the new season. They won two and drew one of past three domestic league games. It is a thread which includes a 1-0 victory over bitter city rivals Galatasaray. The value is massive with the BTTS bet paid at 1.95 odds, while braver tipsters can back Besiktas to win & BTTS at 3.60.
Besiktas vs Malmo: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.95 (19/20)
Besiktas to win & BTTS @ 3.60 (13/5).