Ten months after bringing the world’s Kopites to their knees, Demba Ba is back at Anfield where he’ll fire Besiktas to a 19/4-rated win over Liverpool.
The Senegalese sharpshooter famously felled the Reds on his last visit to Merseyside, when his opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory back in April proved the silver bullet through the heart of the club’s title hopes.
His Turkish employers aren’t exactly of the Blues’ ilk, but they’re more than capable of inflicting the same result in this Europa League last-32 encounter and they’ll owe the success to their smouldering striker.
White-hot Ba has bagged a phenomenal 14 goals in his previous 13 outings and rates a very reasonable 12/1 to register alongside a Besiktas win.
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His brace in a 3-2 triumph over Trabzonspor on his latest outing enabled Slaven Bilic’s side to consolidate their spot at the summit of the Turkish Super Lig standings.
It was the Black Eagles’ fourth consecutive win and Ba has found the net in each of them.
Their imperiousness isn’t a recent phenomenon either; dating back to December 1st, the Istanbul outfit have prevailed on five straight away days and their line-leader has scored in three of the four he has featured in.
As if your arm wasn’t twisted enough, there’s also the fact that the 29-year-old has rustled the net every time he has been thrust into Europa League action this term to consider.
In total, he has had five to celebrate from his four outings in this competition, as well as an assist.
One of these came on his last skirmish with a Premier League stable, converting an 89th-minute penalty at White Hart Lane and in his first meeting with the Reds as a West Ham player he was on target in a win for the Irons.