Besiktas vs Lyon: Go for goals in exciting Istanbul clash

Besiktas vs Lyon: Go for goals in exciting Istanbul clash

Kick Off: 2005, 20/04/2017

Stadium: Besiktas Arena

TV: BT Sport 3

Besiktas goalkeeper Fabricio will be desperate to make amends for his late blunder in Lyon when these teams meet again in the Europa League in Istanbul.

That embarrassing slip allowed the French outfit to take a 2-1 first-leg lead to Turkey but the feeling is that there is plenty more action yet to come in this tie.

The first of our Besiktas vs Lyon betting tips is to take 6/5 for there to be over 3.5 goals.

A Look At Besiktas’ Betting Odds

Turkish Superliga leaders Besiktas were good value for their early advantage last week as they caused problems from the outset by getting balls into the box before former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel slotted them in front.

However, they haven’t looked reliable at the back in European competitions all season and those defensive frailties returned to haunt them in the second period.

Fabricio’s schoolboy error for the winner may have been a one-off but Besiktas haven’t kept a clean sheet in five Champions League and Europa League matches at their new stadium and will be vulnerable again to Lyon’s pace and power up front.

A score draw could well be on the cards here at 13/4.

A Look At Lyon’s Betting Odds

Lyon can expect a red-hot reception in Istanbul after their first encounter with Besiktas was marred by crowd trouble but Bruno Genesio’s side have already shown they can go to tough venues and get a result this term.

In the Champions League, they managed a 1-1 draw at Juventus and a win at Dynamo Zagreb while in this competition they prevailed 4-1 at AZ Alkmaar and only succumbed to an own goal when a 2-1 loss at Roma was enough to see them through.

On the domestic front, they will also take heart from a 3-1 triumph at Monaco and led for half an hour at PSG, so this is not a team which suffers from travel sickness.

This has all the makings of a cracking encounter and we like 10/1 for a 2-2 scoreline.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

LYON 2-1 BESIKTAS – Corentin Tolisso, Jeremy Morel; Ryan Babel

Previous head-to-head: N/A.