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Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla Betting: Hosts should give a good account of themselves

10:32 AM GMT 16/08/2017
Steven N'Zonzi Sevilla
The La Liga outfit are the clear favourites, but the Turkish side have momentum and an excellent home record meaning they could cause Sevilla problems

Sevilla face a trip into the unknown as they attempt to qualify once more for the group stages of the Champions League, with Eduardo Berizzo's men coming up against one of the surprise packages from across Europe last season.

Istanbul Basaksehir finished as runners up to Besiktas in Turkey's Super League last term, with the club founded only in 1990 making their first ever appearance in the competition.

The previous round saw Basakeshir knock out Club Brugge 5-3 on aggregate, and while as a sporting institution they are newcomers at this level, among their ranks they boast some hugely experienced players.

Veteran striker Emmanuel Adebayor joined in January and scored six goals in 10 league starts, while also netting in the previous round against Brugge. Former Premier League players Gael Clichy, Emre Belozoglu, Gokan Inler and Eljero Elia will all be familiar to fans of European football.

The Fatih Terim Stadium will not be quite as intimidating as some other grounds in Turkey given its 17,000 capacity, yet Sevilla will not be underestimating their opponents.

Sevilla's new signings are likely to be on display with Jesus Navas, Nolito, Ever Banega and Luis Muriel all travelling to the Bosphorous for Sevilla's first competitive game of the season. Marathonbet offer the side that finished fourth in La Liga last term at 123/100 (2.23) while the hosts are priced 62/25 (3.48) and the draw can be backed at 49/20 (3.45)

While this will be Sevilla's first game of the season, Basakeshir have already played three times earning a 3-3 draw in Brugge before beating the Belgians 2-0 at home and getting their domestic season off to a winning start with a 1-0 home win over Bursaspor.

Last season the Istanbul outfit went the entire league season undefeated at home during which time they only failed to score in one match, while Sevilla's away record in Europe last term was far from impressive.

The Andalusians won only one of the four games they played on the road in the competition, while going further back we can see that Sevilla have only won one of their last ten away games in the Champions League. There could therefore be some interest in the price of 69/100 (1.69) for Sevilla not to win, while the odds of 31/25 (2.24) for Basakeshir to win either half looks tempting. 

Istanbul Basakeshir to win either half at 31/25 (2.24) for a 1.5pt stake with Marathonbet