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Preview: Liverpool vs Besiktas Istanbul (Europa League, 19.02.2015)

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.

Prediction: Everton vs LOSC Lille (Europa League, 06.11.2014)

Everton welcome Lille to Goodison Park on Thursday evening for what could be a crucial game in the battle for the first two spots. Group H is evenly poised with all four teams in contention for the knock out stages. The Toffees have a great opportunity to stamp their authority in this tricky group in front of their crowd. A win will make them favorites to advance with two games to go.

Everton got their Europa League campaign off to a flyer with a 4-1 demolition of Wolfsburg, before drawing away to Kransodar and Lille. Their opponents however, are yet to find a victory, with all their matches ending in a tie. Another draw will do no goods to Lille, so the French side will surely set up to attack. Everton are an offensive side under Martinez, scoring goals for fun, but also conceding a lot. All these facts point towards an entertaining game with plenty of goals.
The Merseyside outfit will be boosted by the return of Ross Barkley. The talented attacking midfielder is ready to take the spotlight and guide his team to another impressive victory. “I am buzzing to be back,” he told the club’s official website. “It was frustrating at the time being injured and it was hard to be in the stands watching all the lads out there playing. I am relieved to now be back out on the pitch.”

Unfortunately for Roberto Martinez, he won’t be able to rely on Alcaraz, Oviedo, Stones Gibson, Mirallas and Kone, all ruled out with injuries. Lille will be without Balmont and Delaplace, while Marcos Lopez is a doubt after limping off against Saint-Etienne on Saturday. Still, the French side have plenty of talent including, the Belgian international Divock Origi who troubled Everton’s defense a fortnight ago.

Lille have failed to score on four of their five previous visits to England, but Toffee’s shaky defense will offer them plenty of opportunities. We expect to see a high-tempo encounter with Everton edging it. William Hill offers 1.83 odds for an Everton win and we’ll stick 7 units on it. Alternatively we suggest betting on both teams to score priced at 2.00 with the same bookmaker.

Prediction: Partizan Belgrade vs Besiktas (Europa League, 23.10.2014)

Partizan Belgrade clash with Besiktas in an attempt to get closer to the unexpected group C leaders Asteras Tripolis. The Greeks have four points out of the first two matches but since they were pitted against Tottenham, the other two group hopefuls will look to have the upper hand tomorrow.

Partizan have on point in the group, but were unable to score in any of the first games. They lead in their domestic competition, and many of the matches were won with a clean sheet, which is why Besiktas might think Partizan will be tired after an intense clash with Crvena Zvezda. Ilic and Drincic both have experience against Turkish opponents having played several years in the league, but the team will be without Vulcevic, who was always credited as Partizan’s engine. Should they work around this absence then they could easily continue with their winning streak despite losing to Asteras.
Besiktas look on fire not only on the international stage, but also in the domestic one where they have 14 points out of six matches. They have the better team, and with Demba Ba and Sahan as their main goalscorers, Partizan might find it difficult to repel attacks. Besiktas have an unbeaten run of eight matches, and they know their qualification hopes are at stake prior to travelling to Belgrade. According to statistics, teams from Turkey are yet to lose in Serbia, as so far they have recorded one win and two draws.

That being said, either team could find that spark, but we’re hoping Besiktas gets the upper hand for which William Hill gives them 2.50 odds. Partizan for an outright win got 2.80 odds, both teams to score with 1.98 odds and over 2.5 goals with 2.25 odds. Besiktas to lead after 75 minutes has 2.60 odds, Partizan Belgrade 2.87 and if you bet on the correct score the bookmaker will return your losing bet if the match finishes in a goalless draw.