Tottenham vs Besiktas, a group C match, will be played on Thursday night at 20:05 UK time, at the White Hart Lane stadium In London. Both teams have one point after one match played.
The North London team started the UEFA Europa League with an unsatisfying draw against Partizan in Belgrade. That bad result was followed by a loss against WBA in Premier League and a draw against Arsenal last weekend. Manager Mauricio Pochettino said in an interview that his players needed to change their mentality and be more prepared for the upcoming matches. He rotates a lot of players, so we can expect him to do the same on Thursday. As he announced, his players are not ready to play three games in one week.
Kyle Walker is reportedly injured for this match.
The Turkish side started their European season with an unexpected draw at home against Asteras Tripolis, followed by a late equalizer by the Greek team. Black and Whites have been especially inefficient in the attack, since they haven’t scored more than one goal in the last six games. Their only previous match against Tottenham was in 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage. Spurs won 2-0.
Mustafa Pektemek is doubtful to play in this match.
Tottenham vs Besiktas Match Prediction
The home team is the clear favorite in this match. They are undefeated in 25 of their last 28 matches in UEFA Europa League. Manager Pochettino will most probably rotate the team again, but the quality on the bench gives him a lot of options. Besiktas is struggling to score goals, and it will be hard for them to change that against the strong Tottenham defense. However, after the draw with outsiders in the first matches, Besiktas will have to try to attack Tottenham; if they lose this game, their chances of getting through this group will become very slim.
Match Betting Tip: Tottenham to win @1.62 at Bet365
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