Besiktas vs Sarpsborg (By: MKFootball)
On Thursday night, the first Europe League matches from the group stages will be played.The recent Turkish hegemon Besiktas hosts the absolute debutant. Sarpsborg.Despite the fact that Besiktas is not performing really well recently, the situation can rapidly change when having a serious tournament in front of own crowd.I believe that the crowd is their strong 12th player, proving themselves when Timo Werner wanted to fill his years because of the noise they made.When the team seriously needs them, they go absolutely crazy so I believe the team needs them more than ever when they are even not close to the first places in the League.
Something to be said, Istanbul has been always a hard place to visit and take points. Besiktas have scored in their lat 14 Europe League home matches against teams that are honestly times better than the Norway debutant.
However, Sarpsborg deserves their 6 matches of glory no matter what happen.The team founds their way to the group stages in a really hard way, eliminating Rijeka, St Gallen and Maccabi, teams that are at least of their class and maybe even better so they should be taken really serious and they will be.
On the other hand, their recent results are devastating, four straight loses and nine goals conceded. In their last three games they conceded at least one goal in the first half and I do not believe things will change when having much stronger opponent with serious traditions in Europe.
The alternate pick here should be Besiktas to score in both halves priced at 1.80 at BET365.
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Besiktas vs Sarpsborg prediction
|Besiktas to score in first half||Bet365||1.50||10||0-0 HT LOST (-10 units)|