This Wednesday at 18:45 London time, the Turkish team Istanbul Basaksehir will host Club Brugge in the 2nd leg match of this qualifying round for the Champions League.
The 1st leg ended in a 3-3 draw in Belgium. The Turkish side has made a significant investment over the last few years and it is already paying off, since they are now probably the 3rd biggest force in Turkish football, behind Besiktas and Galatasaray.
With players like Clichy, Manuel da Costa, Mossoró, Visca and Adebayor, the team has quality in every third of the pitch, especially on the attack, where they try to constantly pressure their opponents, as it is usual in these Turkish teams.
Playing at home, with the Turkish crowd, who can be pretty active and “wild” during the matches.
I believe they have a great motivation to win this match against Brugge, who will travel to the Turkish capital looking for a win or a 3-3 draw in order to have any chance to go through, which I find extremely unlikely.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Club Brugge pick :
The Belgian side won’t be able to go into this game with a defending the result mentality and I think they will play in an attacking fashion, which will give Istanbul Basaksehir goal chances.
I think the Turkish side has more than enough quality to take advantage of those chances and score at least two goals so I’m going with: