Besiktas vs Lyon Prediction 20 April 2017
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Besiktas vs Lyon Prediction 20 April 2017

Tournament: Europa League
Location: Vodafone Arena
Match date: 20.04.2017 at 19:45

On April 20 2017 at 20:05 in the second leg game of the Europa League quarterfinal at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul the local Besiktas are going to host Lyon.

We shouldn’t probably talk too much about the events that took place in France when the first leg game was played. We’d rather concentrate on the football analytics. Besiktas are now the leaders of their national elite division. We don’t think that either of their competitors will be able to shorten the distance to the leaders which is 5 points from the second place and 11 points from the third place. As for the Europa League, in the first leg away game Besiktas scored a fast goal on the 15th minute and they thought that they have already fulfilled their task. Yet, it didn’t go this way.

As for Lyon, they are definitely out of the race for the place in the Champions League. We mean the first three places of the standings of the French Ligue 1. Anyway, we think that Lyon are still one of the favorites of the current season of the Europa League alongside with Manchester United. We must also remind you that Lyon showed their character in the first leg game against Besiktas. They conceded their first goal in the 15th minute and couldn’t equalize till the 83rd minute. Yet, they managed to score two goals on the 83rd and 85th minute and that was what let them won their home match.

The upcoming game in Turkey will be the second one played between them. We think that the teams are more or less equal, in fact. Yet, we must admit that Besiktas seem to be a little more reliable in defense while Lyon are extremely efficient and score really a lot. Considering the fact that the upcoming game will be played in Turkey where it’s always very hard to play for the visitors, especially in the international tournaments, it seems to us that the match will be extremely difficult for Lyon. Yet, we also think that the visitors will manage to avoid a loss in that away match and make it to the next stage of the competition.