Besiktas vs RB Leipzig Prediction, Preview, H2H & Betting Tips
Besiktas vs RB Leipzig prediction for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Group G encounter in Istanbul. Turkish champions are tempted by a chance to win second in a row but RB Leipzig won’t give up that easily when visiting Besiktas for their first ever European outing. Read more details in our match preview, analysis, predictions and free betting tips.
H2H History: Besiktas vs RB Leipzig
This will be the first ever meeting between Besiktas and RB Leipzig. And since RB Leipzig marks its European debut starting directly in the 2017-18 Champions League group phase, “The Red Bulls” don’t have any past experience.
Besiktas, meanwhile, hold some past history when facing German clubs and they can’t feel particularly inspired by it. After seven previous games against Bundesliga representatives Besiktas have won one point only and that was a goalless draw vs Wolfsburg in the 2009-10 Champions League groups. All others were lost – vs Wolfsburg (0:3 in Istanbul), Bayern Munich (two games), Borussia Dortmund (two games) and Bayer Leverkusen. Furthermore, “The Black Eagles” have scored just two times in these games and that happened when they lost 1:2 to Bayer Leverkusen (2006-07 UEFA Cup group phase), as well as in a 2:1 defeat from Borussia Dortmund in first round of the 1989–90 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
UEFA Champions League: Besiktas vs RB Leipzig 26.09.2017
Besiktas takes on RB Leipzig after a “bloody massacre” on Saturday night when Turkish champion lost the Istanbul derby to fierce rivals Fenerbahce in a match with five red cards, three of which were shown to Besiktas. A defeat that puts another city rival, Galatasaray, individually on top of the Turkish Süper Lig table, while Besiktas occupies the second position having three points less. That was club’s first slip since early-August when they lost the Turkish Super Cup match vs Konyaspor.
RB Leipzig ended their winless form on Saturday afternoon when both forwards Jean-Kevin Augustin and Timo Werner scored for a 2:1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. That was RB Leipzig’s first victory after a 0:2 in Hamburg earlier this month, followed by two home draws (vs Monaco and Gladbach) and a surprising defeat to Augsburg in the Bundesliga midweek round. Something that emphasizes an importance of winning against Eintracht as “The Red Bulls” head to Istanbul for a first of all three consecutive away games they must play in the next couple of weeks.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Senol Gunes will have to boost the morale of his fighters after losing to Fenerbahce and he really looks the right man to do the job. Key players like Ricardo Quaresma, Atiba Hutchinson and Oguzhan Özyakup were all sent-off in the Istanbul derby, meaning they will all miss at least one domestic game, making them fully dedicated to the Champions League campaign.
Experienced Chilean Gary Medel was used as a right-back last weekend but he didn’t felt well on that position and we expect another rotation there. Gökhan Gönül still recovers from injury and Necip Uysal is one of the available options if Adriano is not fully fit to start.
Other rotations are likely up front where Tolgay Arslan may claim a starting position in central midfield, while striker Alvaro Negredo is also willing for first-team football. Their appearance pretty much depends on Senol Gunes’ approach and whether he decides to keep the credit over the usual starters or he may refresh the lineup.
RB Leipzig were dominant and deservedly won their weekend Bundesliga fixture but this time they will find themselves in a much inhospitable atmosphere, where Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men are not exactly the favourites, although bookies are giving advantage to the German vice-champions. We can’t be sure is this influenced by the poor record Besiktas has against German sides but we are certain that Turkish clubs are always extremely determined to prove in European competitions and this must turn the red alert on for Leipzig.
Ralph Hasenhüttl has all first-team players on board, including Naby Keita who missed last Bundesliga round due to suspension. Presence of Guinean central midfielder is crucial to the team and even if it’s know he will join Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool next summer, Keita still plays a major role.
The only concern is related with name of summer signing Kevin Kampl who remains a doubt. However, Hasenhüttl has enough players in contention and his starting XI looks predictable.
Besiktas vs RB Leipzig Prediction and Betting Tips
Besiktas will be keen to reach another victory before both legs vs Monaco and respectively first one against a German opposition. Their confidence will be sky-high after winning in Porto but this time pressure falls over them as a home side and this turn into a double-edged sword. Meaning it has either positives and negatives, as for comparison we remember last year’s 3:3 vs Benfica, when the Portuguese side took three-goal lead in Istanbul, where Besiktas made a comeback completely inspired by the home crowd.
Besiktas virtually remains without a home win in the Champions League groups since almost 10 years (November 2007) when they won 2:1 vs Olympique Marseille. A fact that adds extra pressure to their ambitions and which had quite an impact in all their Champions League home games last year – three draws.
Thus RB Leipzig can either benefit from that situation or become Besiktas’ first victim at the “Eagle’s Nest”.
In any case our expectations are for a clash where both teams have enough football arguments to score and there will be 3 or more goals in the match. Logically, our betting prediction goes on: “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“. RB Leipzig’s style and attacking mentality are also predisposing such a bet.
Possible Lineups of Besiktas and RB Leipzig
Venue: “Vodafone Park”, Istanbul.
Referee: Sergei Karasev from Russia.
Besiktas JK: Fabri – Necip Uysal, Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin – Oguzhan Özyakup, Atiba Hutchinson – Ricardo Quaresma, Talisca, Ryan Babel – Cenk Tosun. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Gökhan Gönül.
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi – Marcel Halstenberg, Dayot Upamecano, Willi Orban, Lukas Klostermann – Marcel Sabitzer, Naby Keita, Diego Demme, Emil Forsberg – Jean-Kevin Augustin, Timo Werner. (4-4-2)
Missing players – Kevin Kampl (doubtful).