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PREVIEW: Burnley v Istanbul Basaksehir

Clarets seek win to progress to Europa League play-off round

16 August 2018

The Clarets will play Turkish opposition at Turf Moor for the first time in their history tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

And the Europa League third qualifying-round tie with Istanbul Basaksehir is perfectly balanced following a 0-0 draw in Turkey last week.

Basaksehir – playing in Europe for a fourth successive season – know any scoring draw will take them through.

But equally, any victory will be enough for Burnley to put themselves within one more win of a place in the group stages after keeping a clean sheet at the Fatih Terim Stadium.  

“I was certainly pleased with the tactical side of things and the structural side of things,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche, whose side also drew the opening leg of their second-round tie before beating Aberdeen at Turf Moor to progress.

“They’re a good side as well, by the way. Don’t forget they’ve got some really experienced players and quite a number of them.

“But the defensive shape, the willingness and the desire of the players was very good, from a changed side, which is not easy.

“Overall, to go away and get that clean sheet was good and important.

“Now, of course, we want to take that onto the next game and open up the play slightly more and be more productive in the attacking form of the game and see where it takes us.”

Former Turkey national team coach Abdullah Avci, who has guided Basaksehir to four successive top-four finishes since the club was effectively re-formed in 2014, expects the Clarets to adopt a different approach to the one that nullified his side a week ago.

Speaking before his side trained on the Turf Moor pitch on Wednesday side, Avci said: “In the first game Burnley got what they wanted because they had no obligation to win.

“Now they have the obligation to win so I’m expecting them to play in a different way. We’re ready for all the circumstances.”

Team news

The Clarets have no fresh injury worries but will be without Steven Defour, Robbie Brady, new signing Matej Vydra and ineligible goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Basaksehir are missing injured winger Eljero Elia from last week’s first leg but former Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has travelled and is expected to feature.

Form guide

Burnley are unbeaten in four games this season, with three draws and a win over Aberdeen in the home leg of their Europa League tie.

Basaksehir entered the Europa League at this stage and started their domestic campaign last weekend, beating Trabzonspor 2-0 with goals from defender Manuel Da Costa and Adebayor after he came off the bench.

Captain and play-maker Emre played for just half an hour but is expected to start at Turf Moor.

What they’re saying

Clarets winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson: “It is tough to get into the group stages but that’s our target. We want to get into that because that’s the real competition, so hopefully we can make a good step by beating Istanbul Basaksehir."

Istanbul manager Abdullah Avci: “We’re aware there will be supporter pressure here. Even while playing at home we felt the pressure of their supporters, they supported the team very well in Istanbul.

“But we have a group who of players who can handle this pressure.”

What’s next?

The winners of tonight’s tie will go into the play-off round of the competition and face either Olympiakos or FC Lucerne.

And the liklihood is it will be Olympiakos after the Greek side won the home leg of their fixture 4-0.

The winners of the play-off round will join 21 clubs gaining direct entry into the group stage.

Referee

The match officials are all from Romania with Istvan Kovacs the man in the middle.


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