Besiktas JK is hosting Borussia Dortmund at Vodafone Park in round 1 of Group C of the UEFA Champions League. Besiktas is on a nice roll, and they are now undefeated in their last 7 games. Borussia is struggling defensively, but the good news is they have the offense to compensate.
Besiktas is doing well in the Turkish Super Lig, they are at the top with 10 points, 7 scored goals, 0 conceded goals, and they are still undefeated so far this season. in their last game against Yeni at home, Besiktas was impressive with 68% fob all possession, 9 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 89% of the correct passes. Besiktas has scored 2 goals within the first 10 minutes, and 1 more goal in the second half, and they have deservedly won this game 3-0. There are some great players in Besiktas starting with Batshuayi, Pjanic, Hutchinson, and Vida, and they are the biggest favorite to win the title in Turkey once again. As far as the Champions League goes, this is a solid group for Besiktas, and I think they are good enough to compete for one of the top two spots, if competing in two competitions won’t stretch them too thin.
As I’ve mentioned, Borussia is struggling massively on the defensive end, and they have conceded 12 goals in their last 5 games. In their last 2 Bundesliga, Borussia is on a 2-game winning streak, but they have conceded 5 goals, but thankfully, Borussia has scored 7 goals during these two games. In their last game against Leverkusen on the road, Borussia was solid with 58% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 83% of the correct passes. After losing 3 times in this game, Borussia has scored in the 71st, and the 77th minute and that was enough for a 3-4 win against a very good Leverkusen team. Haaland has been in excellent form in Bundesliga so far this season, and I think that form will continue in the Champions League as well. Some players have recovered for Borussia ahead of this game, and Hummels is one of those players, a defensive player that will help Borussia immensely in this game. It’s hard to say if Borussia is the best team in this group, but they are definitely the best offensive team.
These two teams have never met in the past, but they are both in solid form. Besiktas is on a nice streak, while Borussia is warming up, and they are scoring a ton of goals. I will take goals on both sides in this game.