Club Bruges vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 26th July 2017
Kick off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Jan Breydelstadion.
Istanbul Basaksehir are set to make their Champions League debut this Wednesday when they will travel to Jan Breydelstadion to tackle Club Brugge in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.
Blauw-Zwart are finally back to the top of the Belgian football. They could not tackle Anderlecht in the battle for the title last year, but Ivan Leko’s men have sky-high ambitions in the new season.
The Croat manager underlined the importance of the Champions League tie with the Turkish side on many separate occasions in interviews for Belgian media, but his team won’t come into the game in high spirits.
Club Brugge suffered defeats to AZ and Athletic Club in their last two tests prior to the Champions League clash netting no more than a single goal along the way.
The visitors have enjoyed the best season in their history in the last term of Super Lig.
Abdullah Avci’s squad gathered much-needed experience in the group stages of Europa League last year and they will surely look to use it in potentially the most important matches in their history.
Basaksehir earned €13.4m in Cengiz Under move to Roma, but the team strengthened their lineup by signing a host of acquisitions featuring Eljero Elia, Gael Clichy, Gokhan Inler and Mevlut Erdinc.
Club Bruges vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Head to head
The two teams shared spoils by playing a 1-1 draw in the lone previous head to head encounter in a pre-season friendly two years ago.
Club Bruges vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Prediction
The bookies favour the Belgians to claim the victory in the first leg in front of their fans, but we have to see the value in backing the star-studded Basaksehir side to leave Jan Breydelstadion victorious at the odds of 16/5.
Club Bruges vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Bet Tips
The first bet is Istanbul Basaksehir to win, best odds priced by Pinnacle at 4.60 odds.
Tipsters who prefer safer options can go with Istanbul Basaksehir or Draw Double Chance at 2.00 odds at Bet365.