Any result other than a Besiktas win will result in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side progressing into the knockout stages of the Europa League as Group C winners.
The sides drew 1-1 in the return fixture at White Hart Lane, in which the Turkish outfit could claim to have been the better side, however the stalemate is a testament to a steely spine that the north Londoners possess seemingly only in Europe.
It’s that solidity that leads our best three bets for the encounter:
Although their form in the Premier League has been patchy, at best, for a good season and a quarter, Spurs seem to overcome all the squad rotation and obscure destinations and midweek workload to defy that form in Europe.
The Lilywhites are unbeaten in whopping 18 Europa League group-stage games, winning 12 and drawing six stringing that daisy chain together.
Harry Kane has been given the night off and hasn’t even travelled, while Emmanuel Adebayor has been granted a leave of absence for personal reasons. So Soldado will definitely start up front for the Lilywhites in Istanbul.
The former Valencia man has enjoyed Tottenham’s European nights far more than the domestic assignments, scoring six of his 13 goals for the north London club during continental competition.
This bet would have landed in all bar one of Besiktas’ European home games this season, which includes the two ties they played in the Champions League qualifiers.
Both of their Europa League games at Istanbul have obliged BTTS backers, while one of Spurs’ two European away days have seen goals scored at both ends.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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