Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Basaksehir vs Burnley and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s third round Europa League First leg Qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Başakşehir v Burnley Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 09/08/18
  • Time: 19:00
  • Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium
  • Channel: N/A

Burnley needed extra time to overcome a spirited Aberdeen side in the previous round and the reward for the clarets is a trip to the Turkish side Basaksehir. Now I will freely admit that I don’t know a lot about the Turkish side but that doesn’t mean they’ll be your usual unknown team that gets pushed over by a premier league team on their way to the group stages of a European competition.

Just looking at the Basaksehir squad is enough to tell you that this is a team to take seriously. They boast five former Premier League players in the form of Emmanuel Adebayor, Emre Belozoglu, Gokhan Inler, Gael Clichy and Eljero Elia. To add to that cluster of experienced players the Turkish side also have Arda Turan within their ranks. Turan is currently on a 2 year loan from Barcelona where he failed to make much of an impact. Turan is still his fiery self, having recently been suspended for 10 matches after pushing an Assistant Referee; this comes after saying he would crush a reporters head after being interrupted during a dinner with his wife.

So now we know never to interrupt Arda Turan in the middle of a meal, we can now move on to working out what to bet on in the match. Burnley eventually got past Aberdeen in the previous round and they’ll be hoping that competitive environment holds them in good stead for the trip to Basaksehir, who will be playing their first competitive game. Basaksehir are 11/10 to win the tie, with the draw at 23/10 and a Burnley win priced at 31/10

Burnley will be looking to stay organised in the away leg with the hope of taking a positive result back to Turf Moor and this organisation is something that Burnley’s current squad is built on. Burnley to keep a clean sheet in the match is priced at 11/4 (Spread Ex). A clean sheet will be important to Burnley as it could become a big problem for them if they had to come from behind. Last season Burnley scored just 36 goals in the premier league although their play throughout the season probably deserved more at times. Striker Chris Wood was Burnley’s top scorer last season and he will be leading the line once again on Thursday night, the New Zealander is 9/2 (Betfair) to grab the first goal. A goal for Burnley wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility against Basaksehir as the Turkish side have conceded 4 goals in 5 pre-season matches to add to the 5 goals they conceded in their last 5 competitive matches at the end of last season. Both teams to score in the game is priced at 11/10 (Paddy Power)

As mentioned before, Basaksehir have a host of experienced players to call upon, and last season’s top scorer, with 15 league goals, Emannuel Adebayor will be the main threat on the night. He is currently 11/2 (Betfair) to score the first goal. The Togo man will have plenty of supply with former Newcastle man Emre and Bosnian winger Edin Visca having 24 assists between them last season.

Burnley will be up against it in the first leg in Basaksehir and they will need to revert back to the hardworking performances that got them the chance to play in Europe. With that in mind we could be looking at a draw in the match which is 23/10, Burnley played out 12 draws in the premier league last season with the majority of those draws coming against the so called “top teams”.

Team News

Burnley have made a splash in the transfer market in the week leading up to the game. They have added Joe Hart, Ben Gibson and Matej Vydra to their squad and they’ll all be hopeful of being registered in time to play in Thursday night’s match.

Burnley defender, Matt Lowton will not be available for the game after picking up 2 yellow cards in the last round.

Potential Basaksehir Starting XI: Gunok, Belozoglu, Caicara, Clichy, da Costa, Elia, Epureanu, Kahveci, Tekdemir, Visca, Adebayor.

Potential Burnley Starting XI: Hart, Bardsley, Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Gudmundson, Westwood, Cork, Lennon, Wood, Vokes.

Head To Head

  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

Key Stats & Facts

Burnley are without a win in 90 minutes for their last 7 competitive fixtures. They have drawn 4 of these games.

Betting Odds

  • Basaksehir 21/20
  • Draw 23/10
  • Burnley 31/10

The Verdict

Burnley will face a tough task against Basaksehir and they will need to rely on their organisation in what will be searing heat in the Turkish capital. With 2 competitive fixtures under their belt I would be backing Burnley to come away with a draw.

Recommended Bets

  • Draw 23/10
  • Both teams to score 11/10