Besiktas vs Olympiakos Betting Prediction, Preview and Lineups - 16.03.2017
Second leg of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie facing Besiktas against Olympiacos will be staged at the “Vodafone Arena” in Istanbul. Only one among the champions of Turkey and Greece can reach the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals as Besiktas relies on a home advantage, playing in front of a fanatic home crowd near European shore of the Bosphorus.
H2H Stats – Besiktas vs Olympiacos: Olympiacos had a home advantage in the first leg last Thursday, when Greek champion failed to benefit from playing in Piraeus. Moreover, Olympiacos seemed very lethargic in second half of match at the “Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki” and “The Black and Whites” from Turkey were those who have shown more aggression with willingness of winning.
Argentinian veteran Esteban Cambiasso opened the score and brought a half-time lead to Olympiacos but a Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar leveled only few minutes after opening second-half whistle. Thereafter Besiktas were more determined to chase a victory on the road and Turkish champion held the initiative, although they could not realize it.
Olympiacos already travelled to Turkey couple of weeks ago when club was still led by Paulo Bento. After a goalless home draw in the round of 32 against Osmanlispor, Olympiacos showed much better efficiency and won 0-3 in Ankara.
On other hand Besiktas seeks first win over a Greek opposition, which will do the work and promote them to the next stage. Turkish club drew in both previous UEFA matches with Greek sides: 2-2 away and 1-1 at home vs Asteras Tripolis in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group phase.
Europa League: Besiktas vs Olympiakos 16.03.2017
Besiktas takes on Olympiacos with hopes for a breakthrough and win over a team coming from the same region. This surely adds greater charge in that game as we must underline there always is something more in a direct encounter between clubs from Turkey and Greece.
“Black Eagles” from Istanbul are unbeaten in seven European home fixtures and their record consists of two wins and five draws. Three of the draws were in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League groups where Besiktas could not won over Dynamo Kyiv, Napoli and Benfica. Indeed, lack of a single home win was surely the main reason why Turkish champion finished third and found consolation in the Europa League. Nevertheless, Benfica and Napoli are already eliminated from the Champions League and Besiktas already enjoys to a longer European run compared with their group stage rivals.
Olympiacos will be keen to repeat same approach and accomplishment as in Ankara. This time under leadership of a caretaker in face of Vasilis Vouzas who must find an adequate replacements on few key zones. Furthermore, Greek champions can be pleased from their underdog role in the second leg since they apparently prefer playing on counters and be more defensive-minded.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Vasilis Vouzas made his Superleague debut for Olympiacos in the weekend when “The Legend” closed its negative streak. After three consecutive defeats without scoring a goal in them, club’s chairman Evangelos Marinakis decided to terminate Paulo Bento’s contract and that promoted Vouzas from an U19 coach to the main man in charge. After his general debut against Besiktas on Thursday, Olympiacos finally scored and won 2-0 over Atromitos on Sunday. Thus Olympiacos retains the six-points lead above Panionios and gained some confidence before second Europa League leg on Turkish turf.
Vasilis Vouzas, however, has a serious headache and he will pull another challenge to an experienced personality like Senol Gunes without some leading figures. Except the names of a midfielder Luka Milivojevic and of top scorer Brown Ideye, both have left the club in the winter, Vouzas must pick his group without Brazilian winger Seba who still recovers from a muscle injury as he also missed first round in Piraeus. But that’s not all, unfortunately. Spaniard Alberto Botía remains a doubt after missing last weekend’s league game and his centre-back partner Bruno Viana still serves a suspension. Eventual absence of both central defenders may leave Vasilis Vouzas with only two options – Manuel da Costa and youngster Panagiotis Retsos.
In the meantime experienced captain Alejandro Domínguez is not registered in the UEFA Europa League and this may once again make Marko Marin a pretender for a starting spot. German winger competes with Kostas Fortounis, Tarik Elyounoussi and young winger Georgios Manthatis, but like we already mentioned, Vasilios Vouzas is deeply affiliated with the youth system of Olympiacos so we won’t be surprised if he counts on players who have developed under his leadership.
Turkish champion still holds first position in the Süper Lig but after a disappointing result last weekend distance between Besiktas and runner-up Istanbul Basaksehir has been reduced to just two points. That happened after a bad slip on Sunday night when Kayserispor won a point at the “Vodafone Arena”. Vincent Aboubakar netted a brace for Besiktas as he initially opened the score before equalizing in closing minutes of the game.
Anyway, Senol Gunes was without two suspended players in face of a right-back Gökhan Gönül and of Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma. Logically they are fully rested and ready for the Europa League clash on Thursday but bad news came from substitution of a centre-back Marcelo, who joins left-back Caner Erkin in the injury list. Fact that Rhodolfo and Ersan Gülüm are not registered in UEFA means that Senol Gunes should choose a centre-back duo amongst Matej Mitrovic, Atinc Nukan and Dusko Tosic.
Veli Kavlak, Aras Özbiliz and recovering from a broken leg Demba Ba are others whose names have not been submitted by Besiktas in UEFA. In that number of ineligible players we also have a central midfielder Tolgay Arslan, who has been booked in Piraeus and misses out second leg due to yellow card accumulation. Oğuzhan Özyakup will replace him and he should start next to Canadian Atiba Hutchinson in midfield. Meanwhile, Quaresma will return on the right wing while Talisca, winter addition Ryan Babel and Vincent Aboubakar, who seems to be in-form, are others who should form an attacking quartet of Besiktas against Olympiacos.
Besiktas vs Olympiakos Betting Prediction
Besiktas were more insistent about winning the first leg probably because they knew that Olympiacos will be pleased even on a draw. However, a scoreless match won’t do the work for visitors from Greece and “The Legend” must score at any price.
Senol Gunes is aware that Olympiacos suffers in attack and after Brown Ideye’s departure Greeks have only Paraguayan central forward Oscar Cardozo, who is far from his best days, and Iranian striker Karim Ansarifard. Latter was key for victory over Osmanlispor where Norwegian winger Tarik Elyounoussi scored a goal as well, in-between both goals scored by Ansarifard.
In our opinion Besiktas boast with better attackers in that moment but their defensive line is not that convincing. Olympiacos should try catching them right there, which seems to be their only chance right now, with all absentees. Surely we have enough arguments to believe that both teams can score at least once and currently proposed betting odds are more than tempting. Our betting prediction on the UEFA Europa League 1/8 final between Besiktas and Olympiacos suggests “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Vodafone Arena”, Istanbul.
Referee: Michael Oliver from England.
Possible Lineups of Besiktas and Olympiacos Piraeus
Beşiktaş JK: Fabri – Adriano, Dusko Tosic, Atinc Nukan, Gökhan Gönül – Atiba Hutchinson, Oguzhan Özyakup – Ryan Babel, Talisca, Ricardo Quaresma – Vincent Aboubakar. (4-2-3-1)
Olympiacos Piraeus: Nicola Leali – Aly Cissokho, Manuel da Costa, Panagiotis Retsos, Diogo Figueiras – Esteban Cambiasso, Alaixys Romao – Tarik Elyounoussi, Kostas Fortounis, Georgios Manthatis – Karim Ansarifard. (4-2-3-1)