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Besiktas, Away, Thurs 26th Feb, KO 1800 UK 2 years 9 months ago #311

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Liverpool return to the scene of our famous European Cup final triumph on Thursday when we face Besiktas at the Ataturk Stadium in the Europa League last 32 2nd leg tie in Istanbul; 6pm kick off UK time. Liverpool take a 1-0 lead to Turkey thanks to Mario Balotelli’s 85th minute penalty and with injuries and suspensions to four of Besiktas’ defenders plus first choice goalkeeper, it will be a big ask for Slaven Bilic’s side to prevent Liverpool from scoring a vital away goal. If the Reds do score, it will mean Besiktas will need to win by two clear goals to avoid being eliminated by the away goals rule if the tie ends in a draw.

The Black Eagles have already faced both Arsenal and Tottenham this season, losing 0-1 to the Gunners over the two legs of the Champions League play-off back in August, with Wenger’s side winning 1-0 at the Emirates. Besiktas’ failure to make it to the group stages of the Champions League saw them drawn in the same group as Tottenham, Asteras Tripolis and Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League. Besiktas topped their group unbeaten finishing ahead of Spurs in 2nd place, drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane and securing a 1-0 victory at the Ataturk.

Liverpool have lost three of the last four matches away from home in Europe beginning with the Europa League last 32 tie with Zenit St Petersburg (0-2) from the 2012/13 campaign (a tie we lost on away goals) and including the two defeats (0-1 at Basel and 0-1 at Real Madrid) and one draw (2-2 at Ludogorets) from this season’s Champions League group stage. Besiktas are unbeaten in their last six games in European competition (winning four and drawing two). They currently occupy 2nd spot in the Turkish Super Lig with a home record of six wins, two draws and two defeats and have kept two clean sheets in those ten games. In Europe they’ve prevented the opposition from scoring against them at the Ataturk in two of their five matches played this season.

Liverpool’s European record against Besiktas:

Total – P: 3 W: 2 D: 0 L: 1 F: 10 A 2 GD: +8
Home – P: 2 W: 2 D: 0 L: 0 F: 9 A: 0 GD: +9
Away - P: 1 W: 0 D: 0 L: 1 F: 1 A: 2 GD: -1

Liverpool’s European record against teams from Turkey:

Total – P: 11 W: 6 D: 2 L: 3 F: 22 A 10 GD: +12
Home – P: 6 W: 5 D: 1 L: 0 F: 16 A: 2 GD: +14
Away - P: 5 W: 1 D: 1 L: 3 F: 6 A: 8 GD: -2

Liverpool’s previous tournament victories:

1972/73: Liverpool 3 – 2 Borussia Monchengladbach (two legs)
1975/76: Liverpool 4 – 3 Club Brugge (two legs)
2000/01: Liverpool 5 – 4 Alaves (golden goal)

Liverpool’s Europa League/UEFA Cup/Fairs Cup record (all rounds):

P: 130 W: 72 D: 31 L: 27 F: 203 A: 95 GD: +108


Liverpool are missing Jones (thigh), Gerrard (hamstring), Flanagan (knee) and Lucas (groin), while Sakho (thigh) and Enrique (knee) are doubtful. Markovic misses game number two of his four match European ban.

Besiktas are missing goalkeeper Zengin (knee), defenders İsmail Köybaşı (knee) and Alexander Milošević (foot) and forward Tosun (foot). Suspensions to defenders Gulum and Motta add to Besiktas’ defensive woes.


Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Skrtel, Sakho (?), Toure, Lovren, Enrique (?), Moreno
Midfielders: Henderson (c), Coutinho, Sterling, Ibe, Allen, Lallana, Can, Brannagan, Kent, Lussey
Forwards: Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini


Goalkeepers: Gonen, Fidayeo
Defenders: Kurtulus, Franco, Nukan, Opare
Midfielders: Sosa, Tore, Kavlak, Hutchinson, Ozyakup, Arslan, Uysal, Koyunlu
Forwards: Ba, Sahan, Pektemek
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Besiktas, Away, Thurs 26th Feb, KO 1800 UK 2 years 9 months ago #313

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Henderson, Sakho and Johnson will not be playing in tonights game due to illness and injury. I would like to see this team start tonight.

Manquillo Skrtel(c) Toure Moreno
Ibe Can Coutinho Lallana
Sturridge Borini
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