Istanbul Basaksehir vs Maccabi Netanya
Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 21 July 2022
Kick-off at 18:45 UK / 19:45 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.
Istanbul Basaksehir play host to Maccabi Netanya in a match of their first-leg of Europa Conference League Qualification – quarter finals. These two sides will be seen battling it out at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium, this Thursday hoping to advance into the semis.
Istanbul Basaksehir is in the Europa Conference League this season after finishing fourth in the Turkish Super Lig. In the 2017/18 season the Turkish side reached the Play off round of the UEFA Champions League qualifying round. The side has won their first top flight title in the 2019/20 season.
The hosts will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 1-0 Club friendly win over Konyaspor. In their preceding 6 games, Emre Belözoğlu’s İstanbul Başakşehir have netted a combined total of 8 times, with that being an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.33.
On the other side, Maccabi Netanya are back in European competition after a decade being away. The side finished fourth in the Ligat Ha’al Championship Group while undergoing 26 games unbeaten from the 36 played. The visitors have only ever won one of 5 ties on the continent, beating Sliema Wanderers back in 2009.
The visitors are hoping to win again after their last result securing a 1-0 Toto Cup Final victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv. The trend of at least one team drawing a blank in games featuring Maccabi Netanya has been fairly consistent recently. Looking at their last 6 meetings reveals that it has happened 5 times.
Both these sides had never crossed paths each other and this will be their first ever encounter.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Maccabi Netanya Prediction
Since first competing in Europe in 2015, Istanbul Basaksehir had qualified for two Europa League and one Champions League group stage, the latter in 2019. Despite this, the Orange-Navy Blues have actually only won 2 of the 6 qualification ties. They now come here on the back of a 7 game unbeaten run at home.
Meanwhile, Maccabi Netanya just snapped their 3-game losing game on road, previously in the Toto Cup final. However they won only once from their last 7 away games played across various competitions.
By the looks of things, expect a victory for the Turkish side this Thursday.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Maccabi Netanya Betting tips
Istanbul Basaksehir to win @ 1.50 odds.
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00 odds.