Olympique Lyonnais continue their Europa League campaign with a quarter-final clash against Besiktas.
Both teams came up short in the Champions League group stages and there is plenty of potential for a thrilling tussle when these teams lock horns.
Bruno Genesio’s side are bet365’s 16/5 (4.20) second favourites, behind Manchester United, in the Europa League outright market and, as such, it would be something of a surprise should the Ligue 1 side falter on home soil against the team from Turkey.
Lyon, though, have been struggling to find their best form in recent weeks and Genesio’s men have won just one of their last five fixtures in all competitions; nevertheless, bet365 offer just 8/13 (1.62) that the French side make home advantage count by coming out on top in Thursday’s tussle.
Besiktas, in sharp contrast, are a team in fine form; Senol Gunes’ side are unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions and the Turkish league leaders will be determined to upset the home side here.
Besiktas have scored in each of their last 13 matches in this competition and it is, therefore, unsurprising that bet365 offer just 4/7 (1.57) that there are goals at both ends, while the same firm offer just 19/40 (1.48) that there are more than two goals scored when these rivals lock horns.
Lyon will hope that star striker Alexandre Lacazette can help them to take a significant stride towards the final four of this competition; the 25-year-old France international has been in sensational form for Genesio’s charges so far this season, scoring 24 goals in 27 league matches, as well as three goals in four Europa League appearances.
The Ligue 1 outfit have scored 11 goals in their two home games in this competition thus far and Lyon will be desperate to establish a healthy lead ahead of what is sure to be a testing trip to Turkey; Genesio's men can be backed at 11/8 (2.38) with bet365 to secure, at least, a two goal advantage from this tie.
Besiktas, though, have a strong record in this competition, having lost just one of their last 10 Europa League ties and, with the home side desperately out-of-sorts, there is a possibility that the Turkish league leaders have been underrated by the odds compilers ahead of this clash.
Gunes' men are chalked up at 13/10 (2.30) with bet365 to avoid defeat in the first leg of this Europa League quarter-final encounter and that price could represent good value for punters ahead of Thursday’s clash.