Predictions for Besiktas v Liverpool and football betting tips for Thursday 26th February in the Europa League.
Liverpool hold a narrow 1-0 advantage going into the second leg this week thanks to Mario Balotelli’s late penalty at Anfield last week.
That vital goal for Liverpool, coupled with Besiktas’ inability to score an away goal leaves Liverpool in pole position to qualify for the next round but this is by no means a full gone conclusion. Besiktas did not disgrace themselves last week and have won their last three home matches, scoring eight goals in the process.
The Turkish side are solid at home and that is true in Europe as well. They won two and drew one of their three group matches, including a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham. They did however concede in the other two matches and that leads us to our first Besiktas v Liverpool betting tip.
Liverpool know a goal will almost kill the tie and Besitkas are strong at home, bet on both teams to score at the best odds 5/6 with Paddy Power.
Liverpool will be without a few key players including Jordan Henderson for Thursday’s match but their attacking threat from Ibe, Sterling and Sturridge will be enough to see Liverpool at least score.
In the Champions League Liverpool struggled away from Anfield, losing twice and only drawing with minnows Ludogorets. With that in mind we are predicting they will do enough to qualify against Besiktas but will have to settle for a draw in Istanbul. Yes, where they won it five times.
Our match result prediction for Besiktas vs Liverpool is a draw and the best odds are 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
Besiktas have a striker very familiar to Liverpool fans and we are betting on him to score on Thursday night. That player is Demba Ba, who silenced Liverpool’s chants of ‘We’re going to win the league’ when he visited Anfield with Chelsea at the back end of last season.
Bet on Demba Ba to score anytime vs Liverpool at odds of 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
Both teams to score – 5/6 with Paddy Power: register bet £5 get £20 free.
Demba Ba to score anytime – 2/1 with Ladbrokes.