Lyon vs Besiktas: Preview and Predictions

Lyon vs Besiktas Match Preview Europa League 2017

Lyon vs Besiktas
UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg
Date: Thursday, 13th April 2017
Kick-off at 20:05 UK / 21:05 CET
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon).

Lyon has been on a scoring spree since entering the knockout stages of the Europa League after finishing third in the Champions League group phase. They put 11 goals past Lyon in the round of 32, 7 alone came at home. When everyone was expecting a tight clash against AS Roma, the Ligue 1 side once against killed the tie with a 4-2 win in the first leg. They scored a total of 17 goals in the 4 matches, average of 4.1 per game.

Besiktas reached the round of 32 of this year’s competition by the same route and showed similar exploits like their French opponents. They defeated Hapoel Beer Sheeva on a 5-2 aggregate before eliminating Greek giants Olympiacos by the same score. The only difference is that they beat Hapoel on both legs, while the Greeks got battered at Istanbul while defending a 1-1 draw from first leg.

Lyon vs Besiktas: Head-to-head

This will be the first head-to-head meeting between Lyon and Besiktas in a UEFA competition.

Lyon’s record against teams from Turkey is 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats from 10 matches. At home, they won 3 and lost 2 from 5 games.

While Besiktas hold a record of 2 wins-1 draw-3 losses from 6 matches against teams from Ligue 1. They lost all three previous visits to France.

Lyon vs Besiktas: Prediction

Starting from the round of 16 defeat at Rome, Lyon have managed just one win from 5 matches in all competitions. They lost 3 and drew 1 during the period and we can confirm that they are way short of the confidence that thrashed AS Rome on 9th March.

Meanwhile, Besiktas are a team in form and are coming on the back of a 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions with 8 wins and 3 draws. It is true that they do have a poor record in France after losing in 3 previous visits. But those numbers are too short to be completely depend upon. Therefore, I would recommend the away team to get at least a draw from this match.

Lyon vs Besiktas: Bet Tips

  • Asian Handicap: Besiktas +0.5 at 2.48 odds with Unibet.

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