Europa League Preview (Group Stage): Besiktas vs. Asteras

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Updated: September 11, 2014
Besiktas

Match Date: 18 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Ataturk Olimpiyat

 

Both Besiktas and Asteras are hopeful that they will have a strong Europa League campaign this season.

 

Besiktas, having more experienced than Asteras becomes the automatic heavy favorite of sports betting sites. But the mere fact that the Greek outfit was able to survive the qualifying stage, speaks well of what this particular team can do in the tournament.

 

The contenders

Besiktas

Besiktas made an impression during the qualifiers when they almost blew Arsenal’s chances of making it to the Champions League.

 

During the 1st leg of the play-offs, the Turkish outfit maneuvered a scoreless stalemate. The Gunners, threatened of a possible upset did everything to turn the odds into their favor. They were successful though, but it was a narrow victory, which readily proved Besiktas worth as a European powerhouse.

 

Asteras

Asteras also featured during the qualifying stage. Its first show of force transpired when it sought revenge against Mainz 05 in which, they scored 3 massive goals while limiting  the German outfit to a single point.

 

But perhaps, nothing could be more memorable than the match it had against Maccabi Tel Aviv. They took the edge during the 2-legged play-offs when they secured a 2-0 victory in their first encounter.

 

Maccabi Tel Aviv scored 3 goals in the 2nd leg, but Asteras was able to respond with a goal, thus, successfully clinching the win via the virtue of away goals.

 

Possible head turners

Defender Ersan Gulum was one of the prominent figures behind Besiktas strong opposition against Arsenal and apparently, he is expected to do well in this match. One must also watch out for Demba Ba. The former Chelsea striker might explode without warning and ultimately, destroy  Asteras.

 

Prediction

Besiktas 2-1 Asteras

 

Image Source: Kamu Haber