Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in their opener, Besiktas will look to record their first win in the Conference League group stages when they take on Lugano on Thursday afternoon. Besiktas will not have a better chance than this to register their first win of the process, but the visitors should not be underestimated. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced forward Vincent Aboubakar, who sealed the victory against Konyaspor, while Tayyip Talha Sanuc remains on the sidelines with injury.
Lugano, on the other hand, kicked off their Conference League campaign with a goalless draw with Bodo at home ground, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Istanbul. Besiktas are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Lugano defender Albian Hajdari is back from suspension.
Highlighted Team (Besiktas):
Besiktas football club is one of the most successful teams in Turkey. Since its foundation in 1903, Besiktas have never been relegated to a lower rank of Turkish football. Black Eagles as they are known in Turkey play their matches at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul which is an almost 42,000 all-seater capacity venue.
Considered one of the top three football clubs in the country, Besiktas are the 14-time Super Lig champions who are entering the Champions League group stage in the 2016-17 season looking to make their presence known at the European scene. Besiktas have played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League four times already, and are yet to progress through to the knockout sgateg in the competition that was established in today’s format in 1992.
Their most outstanding European achievements of the Turkish side are the European Cup and UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1987 and 2003, respectively. During their rich history the Black Eagles have also won 9 Turkish Cups and 8 national Super Cup titles.