UEL round of 32: Beşiktaş – Beer Sheva

Updated: February 23, 2017

Following a convincing win in the first leg Beşiktaş are in the driver seat for the return leg tonight at Vodafone Arena. However, the Black Eagles can not afford to underestimate their opponents.

Can Vincent Aboubakar add to his 3 European goals as he returns to the Beşiktaş starting eleven?

Be’er Shéva still have a chance, however slim, to advance to the next round. In order to do so however they’ll have to score atleast 3 goals at the Vodafone Arena, without they themselves conceding. A 0-3 or 1-4 scoreline could see them through to the next round, but if anything Beşiktaş have a solid home reputation and have lost only one official match at their new Vodafone Arena since it’s opening last season.

Beşiktaş have an important derby game in the league on Monday and will most likely rest several key players with their eyes on that match. Given they’ve done most of the work already in the first leg, Beşiktaş can indeed afford to rest some players. Ricardo Quaresma who picked up a knock this past weekend against Akhisar Belediyespor will certainly be rested for the confrontation with Be’er Shéva. Several other players are expected to be given the same curtosy, including Gökhan Gönül, topscorer Cenk Tosun, Atiba Hutchinson and captain Oğuzhan Özyakup.

Adriano Correia, Andreas Beck and Vincent Aboubakar all return from suspension, although Adriano is also expected to be rested for the derby. Andreas Beck will most likely replace Gökhan at rightback while Aboubakar will take his place up front instead of Cenk Tosun.

The visitors could make a few changes to their side themselves with Ben Sahar likely returning to the starting eleven instead of Elyaniv Barda. While Maor Buzaglo could take Melikson’s place and Mihály Korhut taking the place of Turjeman.

Beşiktaş JK (TUR) – Hapoel Be’er Shéva FC (ISR)
Location: Vodafone Arena
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 19:00 CET
Channel: TRT 1 HD
Round of 32 first leg
(aggregate: 3-1)

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck – Marcelo Guedes – Atınç Nukan – Dusko Tosic; Necip Uysal – Gökhan İnler – Anderson Talisca; Ryan Babel – Vincent Aboubakar – Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Hapoel Be’er Shéva predicted XI:

David Goresh; Mihály Korhut – Shir Tzedek – William Soares – Ben Biton; Ovidiu Hoban – Maharan Radi – Maor Buzaglo; John Ogu – Anthony Nwakaeme – Ben Sahar

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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