Fenerbahce favoured in Lisbon

David John expects Fenerbahce to put up a bold display as they bid to reach the Europa League final on Thursday.

Last Updated: 02/05/13 at 18:50 Post Comment   

Fenerbahce are the bet on Thursday night

Fenerbahce are the bet on Thursday night

Basle are 10/1 chances to overturn a one-goal deficit against Chelsea and reach the final of the Europa League where either Benfica or Fenerbahce await.

The latter game looks more interesting from a punting perspective and the Turkish visitors are a stout enough outfit to progress to the showdown at the Amsterdam ArenA on May 15.

The first leg had all the hallmarks of a night of frustration for them as they hit the woodwork three times - including with a penalty - before Egemen Korkmaz finally broke the deadlock with a header on 72 minutes.

The result was not only a triumph for patience but also showed the value of doing some diligent homework.

Former Liverpool favourite Dirk Kuyt revealed the team had watched plenty of film of their opponents in the build-up to game as coach Aykut Kocaman got his tactics correct on the night.

This was backed up by Benfica's Pablo Aimar, who admitted "we couldn't really play the sort of game the coach expected us to play".

An intimidating atmosphere in Istanbul as usual played its part too so it all means the second tie is poised beautifully.

Another fascinating angle to the clash is the respective records of the two teams in Europe. Benfica are unbeaten at home in 13 games over three years in this competition while Fenerbahce stand on the brink of a piece of history themselves having yet to lose in six away Europa League matches.

As they say, something will have to give and I just have a feeling that the preparation and approach from the visitors can put them into the final.

It is a spin of a coin with the layers as to who they think will qualify but the double chance market does give us some scope and looks the way to go.

BetVictor offer 2/1 for Fenerbahce-draw and makes some appeal to small stakes with that gritty away profile difficult to ignore on what will be a big night for Turkish football.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Champions League: Eden Hazard is in a race against time to be fit to face Atletico Madrid

Eden Hazard will need to return to full training quickly if he is to be considered for Tuesday's Champions League match.

Primera Liga: Leaders Atletico Madrid pull six points clear after 2-0 win over Elche

Joao Miranda and Diego Costa scored as Primera Liga leaders Atletico Madrid beat Elche 2-0 to pull six points clear.

Yaya Toure feels he does not get the respect he deserves because he is from Africa

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure feels he does not get the respect he deserves because he is from Africa.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property