Partizan vs Besiktas
2018/19 Europa League Play-off (1st Leg)
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK
Venue: Stadion Partizana (Belgrade).
Partizan and Besiktas are going to face each other in the playoffs of the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday evening.
Home side managed to consolidate after a poor start of the domestic season and winning just four points in the first three rounds.
They are having a streak of seven matches without suffering a defeat, however this time they are going to face the hardest challenge yet.
Zoran Mirkovic’s side started their continental campaign in the first round where they were better than Rudar Pljevlja, while Partizan managed to eliminate Trakai and Nordsjaelland in the following rounds.
The hosts had some troubles of finding the back of the oppositions’ net more frequently however their defending was on a high level.
Besiktas skipped the first round of the qualifiers and they had an easy job against B36 Torshavn in their first challenge.
A comfortable 8-0 victory seem to have caused a certain level of complacency in the away side and they barely managed to eliminate Austrian side LASK Linz thanks to late away goal which secured them the place in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Ricardo Quaresma and the lads started their domestic campaign and the visitors celebrated two victories in the opening rounds.
Partizan vs Besiktas: Head-to-head
These two sides had the chance to face each other in the Europa League group stage back in 2014. Besiktas have been better in both encounters and the crowd was able to see at least three goals in both matches.
Partizan v Besiktas: Prediction
Besiktas are favourites in this tie, however Partizan are capable of putting a good display at home ground. The hosts can avoid a defeat in the first leg, therefore it wouldn’t be surprising if they clash ends with a draw.
Although their head to head clashes have been pretty efficient, this one should be a bit different. The hosts are having troubles in finding the back of the oppositions’ net and they’ll be more focused on the defensive work. Therefore, in this one we are expecting to see two goals at most.
Partizan vs Besiktas: Bet Tips
Draw @ 11/4 (3.75)
Under 2.5 goals @ 4/5 (1.80).