Benfica vs Besiktas

Apart from one setback at home in the domestic league when Benfica lost two points in a 1:1 draw at home against Setubal, Benfica is having perfect start in the new season. The team already took the Super Cup title with a 3:0 victory over Braga, while they hold the second position for now in the league, having 3-1-0 record for now.

They come from a 1:2 victory away from home against Arouca last weekend, but it needs to be said that the victory alone came a bit easier than what the final result shows. Semedo brought them into the lead in sixteenth minute, while Lopez doubled up the lead at the start of the second halftime, while the hosts reduced in 56th via Gonzalez, but without threatening further obviously superior side.

Portuguese team should be lined up in 4-4-2 formation with Gomes and Guedes as strikers. Striker Kostas Mitroglou (2/0) is not fully fit, but should get (some) playing time in this match. Forward Jonas (1/0) is sidelined, as well as striker Raul Jimenez (2/2). Home side also can't count at midfielder Andre Almeida (no performance till now) and central defender Jardel (1/0). Left midfielder Rafa (1/0) is also injured.

Besiktas has lost their Super Cup game before the start of the domestic season to Galatasaray, but the team is showing signs of improvement now and there's no doubt that they will be one of the strongest competitors for the domestic title again. They come from a 3:1 home victory over Kardemir Karabuk last weekend, winning previously also at home against Alanyaspor 4:1, but making setback on the road to Konyaspor 2:2.

Tosun and Siamanoglu brought them into the double lead already after thirty minutes and even though visitors from Karabuk reduced in 48th via Traore, Besiktas looked dominant and had no particular problems reaching the victory, sealing it with a goal from penalty kick in 83rd taken by Ozyakup. Having in mind that they are in group together with Italian side Napoli, Turks simply can't afford to lose here if they are to bid for the first two positions seriously.

Visitors from Turkey will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Tosun set as central striker, while he will have help from offensive midfielders: Quaresma, Arslan and Sahan. Defensive midfielder Veli Kavlak (0/0) and offensive right midfielder Aras Ozbiliz (1/0) are both ruled out with injuries.

Both teams are undefeated for now in the domestic leagues, both coming in quite decent forms. I see this game as very intense and can't see past yellow cards bets here. Referee will be Serbian Milorad Mazic who is known for showing cards a bit easier maybe, while away matches of Besiktas are usually full of cards and very rough play, especially against stronger opponents. I believe the line should be set to five cards, so will take the bet very gladly.

Bet: Over 4.5 cards @ 1.86 with Marathonbet
Result: 4 (lost)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
+2 -1


  1. Ergin8 says:

    I know a risky bet when I see one, Besiktas lacks the type of players who might deliver your bet (the types such as Bruno Alves, Nigel DeJong etc.) once again I’m gonna have to beat you on BTTS Isaiah. Good luck. I suspect my bet is also gonna win before yours(if it does). Stop skinning the cat. Betting on a game isn’t that complicated.

  2. Ergin8 says:

    Upon further research, Besiktas actually collected less cards than opponents in the last 5 European away games. Are you random picking? What’s your basis on this review?

  3. Isaiah Isaiah says:

    Hi Ergin. Beat me? Do we have a competition? :D You always writing to me like we have a tipping war.

    About the tip, for me it is a very good bet, and I explained it well. Besiktas away matches on CL & Europa League till now, brought an average of 5.87 yellow cards per game. And with this ref, it can be easier to reach at least 5 cards.

    About your bet, I am with you and i like it. I never criticized negative, or made fun of any of your bet in your comments. Actually, I agree most of the times.

    Instead, you are always commenting like ‘ i am better, you don’t know about it’ and you have a negative energy against me to your writings. I hope you will win your bet (before mine) and mine will be lost, so you will be happy.

    If we are about to run a competition, apply for a tipster account. If you don’t like me, maybe cause I am Greek, I will not get married with you! :D

  4. Ergin8 says:

    No negativity towards you, I like that you’re Greek and cover Turkish teams. My only issue is I feel like you’re really trying to find a different angle on a bet when it’s really not so complicated. I stated before I like your bets. I invited you to join me and provided info for it but alas it wasn’t published when I did. I put my money on your picks and made money before and continue to do so. My only wish is to challenge you to do better with your tips. I do have %71 roi on 130 bets.

  5. Isaiah Isaiah says:

    We don’t approve comments containing links, just cause you will be heavily spammed by unknowns. Comments with links are automatically deleted most of times.

    It is not about choosing a different angle, it’s about what everyone likes. Usually I follow my instinct, most of the times it pays out.

    I wish I had more free time, or a section with just pick part, to post more corner & card bets, so you will understand it worth going this way. Anyway, let’s win!

  6. Ergin8 says:

    Sounds good to me man I’ll place 2 units on this and see how it goes.

  7. Micpick says:

    Bet365 @1.66 over 4.5 / Marathon @1.86 over 4.5

    Good luck guys

  8. Tempo says:

    Hi Ergin8, are you on Facebook or Twitter??

    Good tip(s) Isaiah, been following closely and made some lil money, thanks.

  9. Gino says:


  10. Pana Fan says:

    I like the bet. Besiktas will again play strong and try to break down a more clinical opponent. Moreover, I feel that the Turkish side has a very very good chance here to get a good result or even win it.

  11. lucho20pt says:

    Sorry guys what is BTTS meaning?

  12. Wiener says:

    under 2,5

  13. Isaiah Isaiah says:

    Both teams to score

  14. JJ says:

    so we are looking at a majority of a besiktas win?

  15. 19 says:

    No way, I rather bet on Benfica -2 (AH) at 5.60 than Besiktas to win at around same odds.

  16. Pana Fan says:

    The Gunner Mitroglou is not palying again tonight. Also other missings for Benfica.

  17. Pana Fan says:

    As stated, do not underestimate Besiktas

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