Besiktas – Sarpsborg 08 betting tips for today, September 20, 2018.
Football: Europa League – Group I
Tip: Home Win
Match Result: 3:1 WON!!!
|Beşiktaş open their 2018/19 Europa League (EL) group stage campaign at home and face Norwegian minnows Sarpsborg 08, in what will be the the first-ever meeting between these two teams.|
|The hosts had to endure three qualifying rounds to reach this stage, beating B36 Tórshavn, LASK Linz, and Partizan in the process. The Turks registered four wins (W4, D1, L1) and won all three of their home contests.|
|Beşiktaş have an even record against Norwegian sides in competitive matches (W3, D2, L3), both scoring and conceding 11 goals. The Süper Lig team were winning at half-time in four of those games.|
|Meanwhile, Sarpsborg will participate in the EL for the first time in the club’s history, after finishing the Eliteserien season in third place with 51 points. They had to negotiate four qualifications rounds, but dispatched Vestmannaeyjar, St. Gallen, Rijeka and Maccabi Tel Aviv to earn their group stage berth.|
|In fact, this will be only Sarpsborg’s second-ever presence in a European tournament. They previously featured in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup back in the 1970/71 season, where they lost both matches.|
|Players to watch: Ryan Babel (Beşiktaş) has started the season with four goals in nine competitive appearances. While Patrick Mortensen should headline Sarpsborg’s attacking line, thanks to his 12 goals in 29 games (in all competitions).|
|Stat attack: Four of Beşiktaş’ eight games against Norwegian opposition have ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Four of those eight matches also saw both teams score.|
|Beşiktaş have won five of their six competitive home matches this season (W5, L1).|
|In their four EL qualification rounds, Sarpsborg won five of eight games (W5, D1, L2), scoring 14 goals and conceding just six.|
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