Daniel Sturridge believes his Liverpool side can win Europa League and tipsters are left wondering whether the striker thinks so because of an ever increasing form Liverpool seem to be gaining or the fact that UEFA will be giving a Champions League place to the winner of the competition. Anfield Road will open its doors to Besiktas once again after that memorable 8-0 win from 2008, which the visitors might be keen to avenge.
Ever since losing to Chelsea in the League One Cup, Liverpool have been on an unbeaten run of 5 matches, with four wins and one draw. The Reds come after a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and are 7th in Premier League, which makes Europa League their best chance at a proper sending off for Steven Gerrard. Liverpool are also in a good place mood wise after the win against Tottenham where they managed to rally around Dembele’s 2-2 equalizer to have Balotelli score the winner on the 83 minute. Flanagan and Jones will miss the match, while Sterling and Gerrard are under doubt and about to be submitted to a fitness test.
Besiktas are leading the Süper Lig with one point advantage over Fenerbahce and two from Galatasaray. The visitors have good experience on the European stage where they were denied the Champions League football by another English team. In their domestic league, Besiktas come from an important win over Bursaspor where Demba Ba scored, Besiktas Europa League goalscorer with 5 goals, the winner in the last minutes of the game. The visitors got an injury blow right after the match when they got the news that their goalkeeper will miss one month of competitions after getting a ligament injury.
Demba Ba knows a lot about Liverpool or English football in general and with a point to prove after being left out of Senegal’s’ squad for the AFCON, expect him and Töre to make it difficult for the Reds even with Anfield’s support system. Liverpool conceded two goals from Tottenham in Premier League, Besiktas only one in Europa League which is why it’s kind of strange as to why Besiktas has been given 6.25 odds to win as opposed to Liverpool’s 1.57.
If Anfield is the clout Liverpool need in order to qualify then expect them to score more than a goal while avoiding an away Besiktas goal. Liverpool have 2.40 odds for both halves, Besiktas 11.00 and both teams to score and over 2.5 goals has 2.55 odds. Besiktas as the last team to score has 3.25 odds, Liverpool 1.48 and we’re betting 7 units on Demba Ba to score with 3.35 odds from Titan Bet. For Liverpool, Liverpool has 2.15 odds to score, Balotelli 2.35, Sterling 2.50 and Lambert 2.70. For Besiktas Tosun and Sahan have 4.20 odds to score, Pekmetek has 4.50, and Koybasi, Sosa, Koyunlu and Ozyakup all have 5.75 odds to score anytime with the same bookie.