Istanbul Basaksehir vs Burnley Betting Preview – 09/08/18

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Burnley Betting Preview – 09/08/18

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Burnley

Istanbul Basaksehir take on Burnley this Thursday in the Europa League. The hosts finished 3rd in the Turkish League last season, three points behind the league winners, Galatasaray, and only behind Fenerbahce on goal difference. Those were the fine margins between Champions League and Europa League football in Turkey last season.

Their squad features some familiar faces for Premier League fans, beginning with their star player. He’s a man everyone has heard of. It is ex-Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, who Sean Dyche will be most wary of come Thursday night. Although now 34-years-old, he’s playing in a league that is his speed and is one of the most lethal strikers as well as one of the most high profile players in the league. However, he’s isn’t Burnley’s only problem. Wide-man Edin Visca will also cause a threat, as well as ex-Juventus winger Eljero Elia, who scored twice in the Premier League during a loan spell at Southampton in 2015.

Adebayor isn’t the only ex-Arsenal man in the squad, either. Former Gunners left-back Gael Clichy is among a relatively solid back line. He, of course, was another Arsenal player to leave the club for Manchester City during the Arsene Wenger era. After being released by Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2017, he moved to Turkey where has so far made 28 appearances for Basaksehir. They weren’t quite as free-scoring as some of their Super Lig rivals last season, but 60 goals isn’t to underrated, and make no mistake, they will cause Burnley some problems over the course of this tie.

Despite this, Sean Dyche’s men  will more than back themselves to prevail. They have the advantage of being away first, and their experience of playing at the pace of the Premier League will count for a lot here. The club wants to qualify so desperately in what would be an incredible achievement for all associated with the Turf Moor outfit.

Burnley’s European adventure continues this week after they dispatched Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League last Thursday. Despite needing extra-time against the Scottish side, who had a strong resolve, goals from Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes ensured they would face Istanbul Basaksehir this Thursday.

Manager Sean Dyche has secured the signing of Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for a bit more defensive security – and he comes as a timely addition. It’s the first signing the club have made all summer – which has unsettled some fans – but the faith in Dyche’s project remains as high as ever. Guidance to a 7th-placed finish in the Premier League last season was an unprecedented surprise, and many are wondering whether Europa League qualification could be a curse rather than a blessing.

With a squad still lacking depth, will Burnley be able to remain competitive in the Premier League with the busy schedule that Europa League brings? They have also seen one of their surprise star players from last season, goalkeeper and England international Nick Pope, suffer a dislocated shoulder in this pre-season that will keep him out for three months, but have brought in experienced keeper Joe Hart from Manchester City for £3.5million this week as cover. They will be crossing their fingers that no more important players, such as James Tarkowski, Sam Vokes or Chris Wood suffer severe injuries, as it could leave them very short in key areas.

Recommended Bets:

Burnley win, draw no bet at 2/1 with Bet365

Under 2.5 match goals at 4/6 with SkyBet