Liverpool v Besiktas Preview

February 18, 2015 | By

BetvictorEuropa League, Last 32 1st Leg action on Thursday Night, comes from Anfield Stadium and features Liverpool versus Besiktas.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on ITV 1 High Definition with a scheduled 20:05pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Liverpool v Besiktas Preview, Europa League, Last 32 1st Leg, Thursday 19th February 2015

Liverpool head into this game having enjoyed some good results lately, a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last time out made it five matches unbeaten for Brendan Rogers side and with their star striker Daniel Sturridge now fully recovered from injury that has seen him miss most of this season, they will obviously feel confident about their chances of winning this game in front of their home fans on Thursday night.

Besiktas head into the game having also been in good form in their domestic Super Lig and their 3-2 victory on Sunday against Bursaspor made it four wins on the bounce for Slaven Bilic’s side. The Turkish side also have a world class striker in their lineup that many people will know as Demba Ba was a big favourite with fans at his time at Newcastle United and he will certainly be the visitors main danger on Thursday night.

Liverpool Team News:

Lazar Markovic is suspended having picked up a red card against Basel in their last European match and Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Lucas are all suffering from knocks and could also be rested for this one. Dejan Lovren, Glen Johnson and Mario Balotelli all look likely to be handed a place in the starting lineup if Gerrard and Co are not risked.

Besiktas Team News:

Goalkeeper Tolga Zengin is the only main casualty for the visitors as he continues to receive treatment for a knee injury. Demba Ba will lead the attack up front on his own as the visitors look likely to adopt a counter attack mentality for this game in the hope of securing at least a draw to take back to Turkey with them for the vital 2nd Leg.

Liverpool v Besiktas Head to Head Statistics:

Thursday night’s game from Anfield Stadium will become only the 3rd meeting between these two clubs over the years. As we can see from our head to head statistics table shown below, both sides managed to win one game each, although with Liverpool having won their game 8-0 at Anfield, it does provide them with the advantage head into this one.

19/02/15 UEL Liverpool – Besiktas
– : –
06/11/07 UCL Liverpool – Besiktas 8 : 0
24/10/07 UCL Besiktas – Liverpool
2 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

11 Goals have been scored in the previous two matches played between the clubs over the years and this provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 5.50.

8 of those Goals were scored in the only other previous game played between the two clubs and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic for this match of 8.00.

Both sets of data shown above seem to strongly suggest that we should be in store for plenty of goals come Thursday night in Merseyside.

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Liverpool v Besiktas Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Liverpool: W W D W W

Besiktas: W D W L W

Liverpool hold a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 4 and draw 1 of their previous five matches played, compared to Besiktas who have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last five matches played.

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Liverpool v Besiktas Match Betting Odds Market

Liverpool are the clear odds on favourites with a best price of 8/13 with SkyBet – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers, to win this game on Thursday night and this does look about right considering they thumped Besiktas 8-0 the last time they visited Anfield Stadium and with Daniel Sturridge back in the starting lineup the hosts will expect to win this one and take the advantage over to Turkey with them for the second leg. @ 6/5 with Ladbrokes – £25 Free Bets for New Customers

The Draw could be worth getting something on as your main cover bet for this game at a current best price of 31/10 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers, as Besiktas will definitely be looking to secure a draw to take back home for the second leg and the current odds for this game to finish all square do look good value.

Besiktas will obviously want to avoid a repeat of the 8-0 drubbing they received the last time they visited Anfield Stadium and I do believe they have the squad available to them to push Liverpool very close on Thursday night and an away victory doesn’t look out of the question for me and also looks great value at a current best price of 11/2 with Bet365 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers.

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Liverpool v Besiktas Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Liverpool have seemed to turn a corner since the return of Daniel Sturridge from his long term injury and the players and fans will see this competition and one that they can definitely win with the current squad they have available.

Besiktas will prove difficult to beat though, despite getting smashed 8-0 on their last visit to Anfield Stadium and with a player like Demba Ba leading their attack who has 13 goals this season in the Super Lig, they definitely have a goal scoring threat about them and I can possibly see the visitors getting one at some point during this match.

The average goals per game statistics are expecting this match to see plenty of goals scored, but I think we will only see a maximum of three at most as Besiktas will obviously play a 4-5-1 formation and defend deep in large numbers and look for the counter attack to try and score.

Liverpool could be without Gerrard, Sterling and Lucas for this game and that would be a major blow to the side, but I have a feeling the news released about this is more likely mind games rather than truth and I do actually expect both Gerrard and Sterling to start this game as I can’t honestly see them winning without them.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker is going to be for this game to see Both Teams Score and Liverpool to Win as this looks very good odds and has a more than fair chance of coming in.

My Saver is going to be for the game to finish 1-1 as if our banker prediction doesn’t come in, then I would expect this score-line to be the result and at least provide us with some profit return.

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