Nantes vs Besiktas by 20Legend
Nantes is the favorites to win Group D and they have also a strong enough team to qualify for the main round in my opinion. They grabbed a strong point away from home against HC Motor (26-26) which gave them the perfect start to this year’s tournament.
Besiktas did also get a good start on this year’s Champions League after beating Braga (33-31) in their first game. The Turkish team has got a much easier group on paper compared to last season. That should give them an easy qualification for the main rounds, but also puts them in danger of facing a top team in the 1/8-final.
The host is natural favorite in this match as they should really be able to cover more ground than Besiktas. Nantes should be taking advantage of the fact that Besiktas does not like to take the defensive runs which should five rooms for counter-attacks. However, Besiktas enjoys the attacking side more and they are therefore often involved in high-scoring games.
The combination of Nantes’ level and Besiktas weak defensive line, but strong attacking approach gives value to many goals here. The line on 60 goals is high, but it has to do with Besiktas being able to concede over 30 goals in my opinion. However, it should be a high-intensity game and I expect the total to go over 60 goals.