Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Narodny Futbalovy Stadion will host Thursday’s football match between Slovan Bratislava and Besiktas, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the Europa League group stages. Slovan Bratislava failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, but despite suffering a 3-2 loss to PAOK in Thessaloniki, they made it to the Europa League on away goal rule.
The Slovak side aim to kick off their Europa League campaign in style, but they face a difficult task in the clash against the Turkish outfit. Besiktas have been having their ups and downs at the start of the new Turkish Super Lig campaign, but they are still seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. However, seeing that Slovan are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
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.