Genk vs Besiktas
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
Genk’s double chance (1.75), their win in “draw no bet” (2.55), and their “over 1.5” (2.75), were my three tips two weeks ago, when the Belgian side visited Besiktas. I explained why I expected them to score at least twice, but… truth is, that 2-4(!) was not what I had in mind when I gave those three tips. Genk were spectacular, scoring four times, missing other chances, and of course winning, earning all three points, leading in the group, on six points from three matches. They are two points ahead of Malmo and Sarpsborg, three above Besiktas, anything can still happen in this group, but if they win this game, they’ll no longer worry about Besiktas. They are leading in their championship as well, but they dropped four points in their last three matches after that triumph in Istanbul. Second-placed Club Brugge are three points behind them (they drew 1-1 with them last weekend).
Besiktas are in trouble… Four defeats in their last four matches, Turkey championship and Europa League combined, have cost them dearly. They are at the bottom of the group table in the EL, and just 6th in their championship. Last weekend they lost 1-0 at Istanbul Basaksehir, who are leading in Turkey’s league. Before that game, the gap between the two was three points. Now, six. It’s… shocking how easily Besiktas concede. They have sort of improved in their last two games, conceding “only” once in each one, but before that, they had allowed 10(!) goals in four matches. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 games(!).
Previous five matches:
Genk vs Club Brugge 1-1
Antwerp vs Genk 2-4
Standard Liège vs Genk 1-1
Besiktas vs Genk 2-4
Genk vs Eupen 2-1
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Besiktas 1-0
Besiktas vs Rizespor 4-1
Besiktas vs Genk 2-4
Göztepe vs Besiktas 2-0
Konyaspor vs Besiktas 2-2
Genk’s next game is at Mouscron, on Sunday (Belgium championship). Same day, Besiktas will be hosting Sivasspor (Turkey championship).
Genk vs Besiktas: Head to head Stats
Genk have never hosted Besiktas before.
Genk vs Besiktas: Prediction
Genk are on fire, and Besiktas seem unable to keep a clean sheet. I expect the hosts to win, and make a massive step towards qualifying for the last 32 of the competition.
Genk vs Besiktas: Betting Tips
A simple Genk win pays 1.70. Combined with “over 2.5 goals”, that goes up to 2.25, my main tip. I expect Besiktas to score (but still lose), and contribute to that “over 2.5”.