Hearts vs. Basaksehir Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 08, 2022 18:45 CET
After 18 years, Hearts are returning to the group stage of a European competition and their first opponent will be Istanbul Basaksehir.
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Thanks to the Celtic and Rangers great results in Europe in previous years, Scotland got the third team in group stage. Hearts finished third in the domestic championship last season and thus qualified for the Europa League playoffs. There, they were eliminated by Zurich, but appearance in the Conference League group stage is also a huge success.
Hearts last participated in the group stage of a European competition back in 2004. Then, they played in the UEFA Cup and finished in fifth place with three points. Now they hope that they could be in the fight for second position that would ensure them European football in February as well. However, for such a thing, they will have to drastically improve their form because they played very badly in the Scottish Premier League in last few weeks.
In the last seven days, they lost to Livingston in domestic league, plus Hearts were also eliminated in the Scottish League Cup by Kilmarnock. In order to achieve a positive result in the Conference League opening round, they will have to play their best match so far.
After a one-year absence, Istanbul Basaksehir returned to Europe again. They played an extraordinary the Conference League qualifying where they eliminated Antwerp in the playoffs. Before that, they were better than Breidablik and Maccabi Netanya. Also, they were lucky in the draw for group stage.
Istanbul Basaksehir has quality to go very far in this competition. They are one of the most expensive teams and in this group they will fight with Fiorentina for the first place. Several good players like Mesut Ozil, Lucas Biglia, Leo Duarte, Ahmed Touba and Mounir Chouiar arrived during this summer. In addition to a good result in Europe, Istanbul Basaksehir hopes to be able to fight for the title in the Turkish Super League, where they started with 10 points in four rounds.
Istanbul Basaksehir travel to Scotland with the idea to win three points. Looking at the balance of power, they can rightfully expect that. If they win, they would have a much easier situation in the next period and would not worry too much about advancing to the next round.
Hearts and Istanbul Basaksehir never played against each other, so this will be their first clash.
Kye Rowles, Nathaniel Atkinson, Beni Baningime and Liam Boyce are injured and won’t play for Hearts, while Jorge Grant is suspended. All players are available for Istanbul Basaksehir.
Hearts vs. Basaksehir Prediction
Simply, Istanbul Basaksehir is an incomparably better team at this moment. Hearts will certainly be hugely motivated to get a good result in front of their home fans, but in our opinion, there is great value in this bet. It will be a sensation if Istanbul Basaksehir is defeated, and it is unlikely that it will be a draw either.
Date and Time: 08.09.2022. 18:45 CET
Pick: Basaksehir -0.25 (AH)