Besiktas vs Lyon UEFA Europa League Quarter-final, Game 2 20.04.2017, 21:05 (CET) Vodafone Arena
Clashes between fans in the stands at Lyon, forced the kick-off the first leg of the tie between the Ligue 1 side and Besiktas to be delayed. Everyone will be hoping the second leg starts on time in Istanbul, as both teams aim to reach the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League quarter-final.
Once the first leg started at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, it was Besiktas who took the early lead with former Liverpool man Ryan Babel opening the scoring for the away team. For much of the match it appeared the Turkish club were going to hold on to their lead and take it back to the Vodafone Arena next week.
However, Lyon had other ideas and Corentin Tolisso equalised on 83 minutes to the delight of the home crowd. Besiktas would probably have taken a 1-1 draw before kick-off but worse was to come as Fabri was robbed by Lyon’s Jeremy Morel in the penalty area and the Frenchman made no mistake from close range to seal a 2-1 victory for Lyon.
The result leaves the tie delicately poised for the second leg and it is difficult to say who will be happier with the result but Lyon will feel the better of the two teams, having come back from a goal down.
The bookmakers cannot make up their mind as to who they believe will win the second leg of this Europa League quarter-final.
Besiktas come into the match as slight favourites, priced at 6/4 with Bet365. Senol Gunes team have a great record at the Vodafone Arena, having lost only one of their previous fifteen games in their atmospheric stadium.
Lyon have struggled to win games away from home recently and prior to their abandoned match at Bastia on the weekend, have picked up one win in their last five on the road. Lyon also tasted defeat in their previous Europa League away game, going down 2-1 to Roma but are available at 13/10 to win this match, which seems a little short.
Besiktas have scored plenty of goals in their Europa League home matches this season and are undefeated in the two games they have played in the competition. Despite being knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage, Besiktas did not lose a home game and will be difficult to beat.
However, conceding goals has been a problem and the Turkish club have conceded in all five of their home European games this season. You can get 7/2 for Besiktas to win and both teams to score with Bet365.
With no league game to worry about on the weekend, Besiktas will be well prepared for this game and will feel confident of at least taking the match to extra-time and using their energy levels to win the tie. You can back Besiktas to win 2-1 at 10 and to go through to the semi-final at 11/5, both with Bet365.