Besiktas vs Partizan
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Vodafone Stadyumu, Istanbul.
Besiktas will be looking to recover from a disappointing 2-3 loss to Antalyaspor in the weekend’s Super Lig action with the success against Serbian runners-up Partizan in the reverse fixture of their play-offs tie.
The Turkish giants have a positive score from the first leg thanks to Tolgay Ali Arslan who instantly cancelled Ricardo Gomes’ opener for Partizan.
Nevertheless, the Black Eagles still need a serious approach to book their place in the Europa League group phase given Partizan’s impressive form under the new manager Zoran Mirkovic.
The Serbian outfit eliminated Danish Nordsjaelland with two wins in the previous round and they also won the following two domestic league games under the new manager to keep ground on the reigning champions and bitter rivals Red Star Belgrade at the very top of the standings.
They can be very dangerous in the final third which they proved in the third round, netting five goals over two legs with the Danish side.
Besiktas vs Partizan: Head-to-head
These two likes met each other in the Europa League group phase back in 2014/15 campaign.
Besiktas won both matches, 0-4 on the road and 2-1 at home.
This will be the fourth head to head clash between the two sides.
Besiktas vs Partizan: Prediction
Besiktas’ defensive vulnerability could be a major problem for Senol Gunes here. His men barely went past Austrian LASK only thanks to the away goal rule after Alvaro Negredo notched the 90th minute goal in the reverse fixture on the Austrian soil.
The Spanish forward was suspended for the first leg in Belgrade, but he should find his place back in the starting line-up here in the rematch.
From the betting perspective of view, the Over 2.5 goals FT looks to be the best of the options given that the hosts have seen all of last five games end with goals at both ends.
Knowing that Partizan’s attacking form has seen a rise ever since Zoran Mirkovic took over Miroslav Djukic on the bench, we’d really not be surprised to see the underdogs on the scoresheet here.
The home win & BTTS looks to be a decent call at 3.25 as well.
Besiktas vs Partizan: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70
Besiktas to win & BTTS @ 3.25.