Besiktas - Bodo Glimt predictions and free betting tips [09/11/2023]
In Group D, things are getting muddled. There's an unexpected outsider, which turns out to be 'Besiktas', and a trio of prime contenders for the play-off, led by 'Brugge'. In this piece, we'll dissect a match involving the Norwegian team, 'Bodø/Glimt', currently 2nd with 4 points. The Scandis are travelling to the Turkish club 'Besiktas', who urgently need a home win in Round-4.
Projected Team Lineups
Besiktas: Destanoglu; Bulut, Uysal, Baiyi, Zainutdinov; Ucan, Hadjiahmetovic, Gezzal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fernandes; Tosun
Bodø/Glimt: Haikin; Vembangomo, Moe, Bjortuft, Bjorkan; SaltneS, Berg, Gronbek; Gulliksen, Moumbagna, Pellegrino
The Turkish club is grappling with an abundance of issues that can't be resolved overnight. For starters, Mr. Yilmaz is still not confirmed as the head coach of the 'Black-and-Whites', primarily due to the lack of a PRO coaching license, which is crucial for handling several formal affairs. Secondly, five footballers cannot participate in the Conference League for the Turkish team.
Furthermore, there are challenges related to the Super League, where 'Besiktas' is currently not in the European spots, sitting in 5th place. In the European group, the Turkish club is 4th, and if they don't manage to beat 'Bodø/Glimt' at home, winning a playoff spot will be hard.
This 'Besiktas' squad raises many questions, as they are in a situation where problems need to be addressed almost simultaneously, or else there's a risk of losing out on European cups and getting stuck outside the Super League's top spots.
Considering the Conference League specifically, 'Besiktas' managed to hang on to a draw in Belgium against 'Brugge', then a match against 'Lugano' turned sour when Valentino Rosier saw red, and a poorly executed game against 'Bodø/Glimt' unfolded where the Turkish team played overly aggressive.
Besiktas's team isn't poor, even with disqualified players. Arthur Masuaku has an injury, and Vincent Aboubakar might not play. Daniel Amarte is in the infirmary with a finger injury. Additionally, Omar Colley has an injury and is unlikely to play against the Norwegians. Besiktas need a victory over 'Bodø/Glimt', but it's unclear whether the Turkish team has enough resources to snatch three points and remain competitive in the race for a playoff ticket.
One draw is all Knutsen's team needs to become the champions of Norway. Additionally, 'Bodø/Glimt' has the country's cup final ahead, so they are now facing a series of key matches, which include battles in the Conference League.
It's the perfect time for the Norwegians to tune in, so the coaching staff is likely working out a plan to manage their strength and emotions correctly between the three competitions. The championship is less important, the Norwegian Cup consists of one game, but in the Conference League's group there are three matches, each with its own difficulties.
'Bodø/Glimt' is a well-rounded team, and even when Knutsen has tried rotations, nobody gets lost in tactical sketches - everyone knows what to do on the field. It's interesting which formation the Norwegian team's coach will choose for 'Besiktas', he might find it beneficial to deploy three forwards who are capable of timely retreating after runs to the opponent's penalty area. Much will depend on Albert Gronbek and his technique; there's forward Moumbagna and Amahl Pellegrino - the key attacking player in 'Bodø/Glimt', who has impressive stats for this season in the goal assist system (23 15).
The victory of Knutsen's team in Norway seemed convincing, yet 'Besiktas' wasn't inferior in many statistical parameters, for instance, in terms of shots on target and ball possession.
Match prediction: Besiktas - Bodø/Glimt
One might want to consider a total over 2.5 with a decent coefficient for this match.