Besiktas vs LASK Linz
Besiktas host LASK Linz in the 3rd qualifying round of EL.
Besiktas had impressive results in the last two seasons, when they reached the QFs in EL during 2016/17 eliminated by Lyon on penalties and also the last 16 in CL during 2017/18, when they were eliminated by Bayern Munich. It was a little bit shocking they finished 1st in a group with teams like Monaco, Leipzig and Porto without a single loss(4W and 2D).They saved all of their stars including Lens, Negredo, Babel, Quaresma, Love, Hutchinson, etc. One of the new signings in the beginning of 2018, the young Canadian Cyle Larin, made an impressive performance last week against Torshavn, when he netted a hattrick. Then totally outplayed their Faroese opponent beating them with 8:0 on aggregate(6:0 at home and 2:0 as guests). So, it's time for the next round and the opponent looks in form. It's the Austrian team LASK Linz.
LASK finished in 4th position in Austria during the last season and qualified for EL. Their started very convincing against the Norwegian side of Lillestrom beating them twice 4:0 at home and 2:1 away in Norway. The 2nd leg result was maybe a little bit surprising because after 4:0 in the 1st leg it's much more expected to try to defend more in the away game. The difference between LASK and Lillestrom didn't look so big at first, but the final score 6:1 on aggregate..that has to give them much more confidence against Besitkas. They didn't start very well in Austria after 3:1 away loss against Salzburg and 0:0 against St.Polten at home.
Besiktas are cleared of injuries or suspensions, while the visitors will miss Joao Victor and Dogan Erdogan.
I have no doubt Besiktas will try to enjoy the crowd at Vodafone Arena with a convincing win against the Austrians, but in this match I will not be amazed if the visitors give a little help for the tip scoring once. So, I am going with a home win and over 2.5 goals. I just can't imagine this match in Turkey to finish with less than 3 goals and a home win also looks inevitable.
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Besiktas vs LASK Linz prediction
|1+ over 2.5 goals||Bet365||1.95||9||1-0 LOST (-9 units)|