- Besiktas hosts Borussia Dortmund in the first match of Group C in the Champions League on Wednesday, September 15th at 12:45 pm ET
- This year marks Besiktas’ first group stage in the Champions League since 2017/18, while Borussia Dortmund look to better their quarterfinal departure from last season
- Get the odds, our analysis and betting prediction below
At last, Champions League football is back and Wednesday features a special game between Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund. The two sides are a part of Group C in this year’s Champions League, one that has the potential to show great competition, with Sporting and Ajax the other two clubs that make up the group.
From the eye test alone, any fan can see how level this group is in terms of talent and history. In turn, every match in Group C is a massive one because the margin of victory to advance will be so narrow.
This matchup between Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund is particularly interesting though. Borussia Dortmund obviously are the favorites to win against the Turkish side. But, their poor start to the season begs the question, can Besiktas snag a point, or even three?
Besiktas vs Borussia Dortmund Odds
|Besiktas vs Borussia Dortmund||BES +0.5 (+150) | BVB -0.5 (-170)||BES +450 | BVB -175 | DRAW +340||Ov 3.5 (+140) | Un 3.5 (-170)|
Odds as of Sept 13th at DraftKings
For reference, Borussia Dortmund are still in third place of the German Bundesliga. Many fans around Europe would be ecstatic with that sort of performance through four league matches. However, for Dortmund fans, it is all too much of the same in terms of exciting football with no organization or discipline.
Their first game of the season was a breeze past Frankfurt. After that, they were simply outplayed by Freiburg and they lost two leads against Hoffenheim only to be bailed out by a 91st minute, Erling Haaland goal.
Finally, just this weekend, Borussia Dortmund found themselves losing three different times against Bayer Leverkusen. Again, they managed to come out with three points, but it is the volatility and chaos of this squad’s performances that should excite Besiktas heading into Wednesday.
Besiktas Have Made Impact Additions This Summer
Undoubtedly, the Champions League odds table does not favor Besiktas. Regardless, the side managed by Sergen Yalçın, are absolutely not one to mess with. In the Turkish Super Lig, Besiktas currently sit in first place on ten points after four matches, with their lone draw coming away to Gaziantep.
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The more impressive feat for Besiktas is that they have also managed four clean sheets. Now, they will face a real test against Borussia Dortmund and Erling Haaland on Wednesday. Will they hold a clean sheet then? Probably not, but it is the frugalness and organization that will keep them in this match, especially at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.
Besiktas vs Borussia Dortmund Domestic Statistics
|1.75||Goals per game||3.25|
|0||Goals conceded per game||2.25|
|15||Shots per game||17.3|
Nonetheless, Borussia Dortmund are still a prolific scoring side, so you have to expect them to at least get one. As a result, Besiktas still have to find a way to score. They have done so in the Super Lig so far, but even against the yellow-and-black, it will be more difficult.
With that being said, Besiktas have added some key pieces this summer to do just that. First, Michy Batshuayi has joined on loan this summer from Chelsea. The 27-year-old Belgian is a dynamic scorer and has made an instant impact with two goals already in just three games. In the midfield, Besiktas also added Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona. Pjanic offers control and the European experience that Besiktas need so much in games like this.
🦇 + 🦅 = 🖤
We just getting started pic.twitter.com/XKE6ROqcve
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) September 11, 2021
Erling Haaland Adores the Champions League
Furthermore, one thing about this match we cannot forget is Erling Haaland’s Champions League record. The 21-year-old Dortmund striker scored 24 times in his first 20 European matches, a feat never captured before. His pace, power and finishing ability is second to none, and while Besiktas deserve respect, it would be naïve to fail to mention the Norwegian.
Dortmund will be without the likes Dan-Axel Zagadou, Emre Can, Gio Reyna and Thorgan Hazard. But, with players like Haaland, Marco Reus, Jude Bellingham and Donyell Malen still in the team, they will always have a chance.
Finally, it should be noted that this is the first competitive fixture between these two sides.
Besiktas vs Borussia Dortmund Best Bet
Overall, the best bet for this match is the draw with odds of +340. This bet has great value and is fair given the recent performances of both sides and the new additions at Besiktas.
Pick: Draw (+340)