Besiktas and Lyon are in action at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul on Thursday for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Having controlled much of the first leg at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Besiktas lost their lead in the last 10 minutes of the game and now has to chase after injury and show who is in charge in Turkey. Already Lyon are here in the hangover of a caricature game over the weekend, against Bastia, with the game to be abandoned after conflicts between supporters and players.
Besiktas – Lyon: WHAT TO EXPECT?
Besiktas began their European campaign in the Champions League where they did not get any better than Group B’s 3 rd place behind Naples and Benfica, thus moving to the Europa League where they eliminated teams like Hapoel Beer Sheva and Olympiakos. Already in the quarter-finals, the Turks traveled to Lyon where they took the lead at the top but in the last 10 minutes they conceded two goals that defeated Parc Olympique Lyonnais 2-1. A good thing for the Black Eagles is that they did not play any games during the weekend, which means that the players appear fresh here, increasing chances to get a good game without suffering physical wear and tear.
This team led by coach Gunes Senol is the type of team that always takes advantage of the fervent support of their fans, not losing any game throughout the season, either in the Turkish league, Champions League or Europa League. Still, it is important to note that the Turks have conceded goals in all games played at home in European competitions. Besiktas are a team that shows offensive quality in offensive ball-stops, long shots and attacks by the lines.
Lyon, on the other hand, had the same course of Besiktas, since it began its European campaign in the Champions League, where it did not obtain better than the 3º place of Group H, behind Juventus and Sevilla, happening to the Europa League where they eliminated teams like AZ Alkmaar and AS Roma. In the first leg of the quarterfinals, Lyon were completely dominated at home during the first half, where they conceded a goal but were able to go around with two goals in the last 10 minutes of play and with some luck in the mix. At the weekend, Les Gones traveled to Bastia’s home, but at the end of the first half the game ended up being abandoned due to an invasion of fans that killed some players to be attacked.
The atmosphere in Istanbul is always very hostile and the French will find it difficult to cope with such an atmosphere. Making things worse for the side of coach Bruno Genesio is the poor form that this team presents when it acts out of their domains, having won only 2 of the last 10 games they played as a visitor. Still, the French are also strong on offensive ball-stops, counterattacks and individual bids, with Nabil Fekir standing out for individual quality and Lacazette for the sheer power of finishing.
Besiktas – Lyon: DIRECT MEETINGS
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Besiktas – Lyon: WHO WILL WIN THE MATCH?
Besiktas are always a very strong side at home, and although they have conceded goals in every game in European competitions, they are a strong contender for a Lyon who are struggling to play away from home and will have to deal with a Atmosphere Everything less friendly.
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