Besiktas have started out the Champions League campaign in extraordinary fashion winning all 3 of their games played so far this season where they have beaten Monaco 2-1 and Porto 3-1 away while beating Leipzig 2-0 at home showcasing the great team work they have built together to reach this situation. Besiktas will know that the hostile crowd at the Vodafone Arena is soo loud that it can trouble any away team; just ask Leipzig forward Timo Werner who had to leave the pitch after 30 minutes due to the loudness of the Besiktas fans. Besiktas have not lost a game so far in front of their home fans this season winning 4 and drawing 2 of their 6 home games played so far. Besiktas have relied on a strong showing from their offensive unit including Tosun, Babel, Tosic, Talisca, Quaresma and Lens to delivery the goals and creating chances for them that has seen them succeed until now.
Monaco come into this game on the back of a victory Bordeaux and Caen which will have some confidence running through the squad especially since they will not have their captain and top scorer Falcao available for this game due to injury. In his absence all the pressure will fall on Jovetic who will probably start up front supported by Lemar and Balde in the wider positions who together have only 4 goals this season. Monaco have seen their struggles happen defensively where they had conceded 6 goals in their 3 group stage games so far, with the shock loss in front of their home fans to Besiktas in their last round the major disappointment. Monaco have infact only won their last 2 games, but prior to that dropped points in 4 games; and have seen against good teams that they struggle to keep it tight at the back leaving 3 to Lyon, 4 to Nice, 3 to Porto, 2 to Besiktas in their major games this season.
Besiktas have the home crowd support, a fit squad and all the momentum behind them as victory will assure them of qualification to the next round. I am backing Besiktas to win in front of their home fans today.