Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund go head to head at Vodafone Park in a highly-anticipated Champions League opener. Besiktas did well to win the Turkish Super Lig last term, with the team kicking the new domestic campaign in style as well. The Black and Whites aim to build on a 3-0 win over Yeni Malatyasport, but they will have a big fish to fry in Wednesday’s clash. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be former Chelsea attacker Michu Batshuayi, who has been in a fine form at the start of the season.
The Bundesliga outfit, on the other hand, will continue to rely on unstoppable Norway rising start Erling Haland, and given their attacking potential, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. Borussia Dortmund’s injury list is pretty long, but Marco Rose can count on key attackers for the Vodafone Park showdown. Defender Umut Meras should be the only absentee in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Oguzhan Ozyakup):
The 23-year-old Netherlands-born Turkish international Oguzhan Ozyakup is a midfielder who started his professional career at Premier League giants Arsenal. Ozyakup arrived to the London-based club as a schoolboy from AZ and went through Arsenal academy, before making his competitive debut in a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, when he supplied the assist for Yossi Benayoun in a 3-1 victory.
The Turkish international however failed to break into the first-team and was transferred to Besiktas in 2012. Turkey international has passed the 100-match mark for his club in 2016 and is considered one of the more experienced and most valuable players of the club, despite he is only 23 years of age.
The talented midfielder was subject of intense transfer speculation during the 2016 summer transfer window with Valencia reportedly expressing interest in signing the Turkish footballer, but Ozyakup remained at Besiktas and went on to extend his contract, which will keep him at the Vodafone Arena until 2018.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.