Besiktas vs Sarpsborg
Game from opening round of the Europa League group stage. It's the group I in question, Malmo and Genk are the two other sides of this group.
Besiktas is the biggest name of these four and definitely they should top this group. Compared with Sarpsborg, everything is on the side of Besikatas. Beside home advantage, we are talking about big gap in quality as well European experience. It's enough to say Besiktas last season was in the group stage of Champions League and topped its group, though later in the 1/8 finals they were unlucky to came across too strong Bayern Munich.
The home team in this season is with a little bit different look, some guys left the club, some new ones arrived but in general they are still highly quality side and with very experienced players. It's enough to mention Portuguese duo Quaresma and Pepe. Among those who arrived the last are goalkeeper Karius who is pretty decent signing although he has become persona non grata in Liverpool after Champions League finals, then also Serbian international Adem Ljajic...
I have watched Besiktas already many times in this season as in the Turkish Superlig as well in the final Europa league qualification round when they met with Serbian team, Partizan. And my impression was that they are very good team. Against Partizan Ljajic and Karius didn't played BTW.
Of course I don't want to overrate Besiktas, they are not the A European class but definitely they are few levels above this side from Norway.
Sarpsborg lately even back home is not doing too well. They have dropped a lot on the standings after losing 4 straight games there. All of those four losses were with deficit already at halftime.
We are yet to see in how strong squad Besiktas will start today cause have in mind they will meet with big city rival Fenerbahce in the upcoming days. But that game will be played only on Monday so definitely there is enough time till then so probably Besiktas can use strong starting eleven today.
In any case the host probably will be looking to finish the job here today early and then not to lose too much energy.
I was thinking about HT-FT option on Besiktas, 1/1 but I see it's only 1.72 at bet365, so let's then go with Pinnacle's first half Besiktas for pretty much the same odds.
Besiktas vs Sarpsborg prediction
|Halftime Besiktas||Pinnacle||1.70||8||0-0 HT LOST (-8 units)|