Sports Innovation previews the Champions League match between Besiktas and Sporting CP and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Group C outsiders Besiktas and Sporting CP lock horns in Istanbul on Tuesday in desperate need for a result.
In some ways, this is the first meeting of a two-legged playoff for third place. Both clubs lost their first two Champions League games, leaving them without a point in the group table.
If Besiktas or Sporting are to remain in Europe, only a win will do here.
Stats and facts for Besiktas and Sporting CP.
- Besiktas has lost the last 5 matches in a row;
- Besiktas did not win the last 4 matches in a row at home;
- Besiktas has lost in the last 5 of 6 matches;
- Besiktas conceded the last 9 matches in a row.
- Sporting CP has lost the last 3 matches in a row;
- Sporting CP has lost the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Sporting CP conceded in the last 25 of 27 matches;
- Sporting CP conceded the last 15 matches in a row when playing away.
Current form — Besiktas v. Sporting CP
The Black Eagles hope for a fresh start
Besiktas will enter the match hoping to see the back of some rather disappointing results in recent matches. It is all or nothing with Sergen Yalçın’s side at the moment, and sadly for them – it has been more “nothing” than “all”. They first went down 2-0 in an encounter with Ajax, to which they replied by beating Sivasspor 2-1. Their latest encounter once again had them on the losing side, when they lost 3-2 against Istanbul Büyüksehir.
The Lions in a nice flow
It has been a rollercoaster couple of weeks for Sporting CP with performances showing little sign of stability. In their last 3 matches, Rúben Amorim’s side lost 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund before beating Arouca 2-1. They won 4-0 against Belenenses in their last game.
According to the bookmakers, Sporting CP are favourites to win. Betting on the away win will get you odds of 2.35, meaning the bookies predict they are in with a 43% chance of claiming all three points. For placing your bet on Besiktas, the best price at the time of writing is 3.45.
Besiktas v. Sporting CP — fixture history
The last match between these two sides was a Europa League match back on 10 December 2015 and saw Sporting CP claim a 3-1 victory.
Besiktas enter the match against Sporting CP with a 0-1-1 record in their previous 2 encounters in the Champions League. This amounts to a 0% winning ratio for Besiktas, with the visitors victorious in 50% of the last 2 encounters.
Current table in the Champions League
Primary goal getter
Guven Yalcin is enjoying a great goal-per-game ratio, as he has netted a few nice ones recently. Besiktas will be relying on the services of their in-form marksman yet again when clashing with Sporting CP. The visitors are hoping Nuno Santos adds another goal to his current tally. He seems in quite good shape with 2 goals in their last six matches.