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UEL round of 16: Beşiktaş – Olympiakos
Beşiktaş secured a favourable 1-1 score at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki last week but still have all to play for tonight at Vodafone Arena as they take on Greek champions Olympiakos.
The Black Eagles are hoping to secure qualification for their first European quarter final since 2003 and are in pole position to do so. However nothing has been won yet and Beşiktaş will need to be on their guard against the Greeks, if Beşiktaş can keep a cleansheet they are guaranteed to qualify regardless of how many goals they themselves manage to score, but conceding more than one goal would make the tast incredibly difficult.
Beşiktaş will be without their defensive stalwart Marcelo Guedes, who suffered an injury during this past weekend’s Süper Lig clash with Kayserispor. Ricardo Quaresma will start again after having sat out this weekend’s league game due to suspension. The Black Eagles will have taken confidence from their second half display against Olympiakos last week as they now know they can push the Greeks back on their own half and dictate their will, but Olympiakos proved dangerous on the counter and that is something Beşiktaş will need to be aware of.
Dusko Tosic and Ryan Babel were both doubtful coming out of the Kayserispor match but should be fit to play against Olympiakos according to the most recent reports, in addition Vincent Aboubakar is expected to start up front ahead of Cenk Tosun. While Matej Mitrovic is expected to take Marcelo’s place in the heart of the defence. Gökhan Gönül, who was also suspended against Kayserispor, is also expected to start again against Olympiakos.
Beşiktaş JK (TUR) – Olympiakos Piraeus (GRC)
Location: Vodafone Arena
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Date: Thursday, March 16th
Time: 19:00 CET
Channel: TRT 1 HD
Round of 16 second leg
Beşiktaş predicted XI:
Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Matej Mitrovic – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Vincent Aboubakar – Ryan Babel
Olympiakos predicted XI:
Nicola Leali; Diogo Figuieras – Manuel da Costa – Bolía – Cissokho; Panagiotis Retsos – Tarik Elyounoussi – Estéban Cambiasso; Karim Ansarifard – Konstantinos Fortounis – André Martins