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Possible Turkish Trip In Europa League

Burnley or Aberdeen to face Istanbul Başakşehir in third qualifying round

23 July 2018

The Clarets or Aberdeen will play Turkish side Istanbul Başakşehir in the third qualifying round draw of the Europa League.

Ties will be played on 9 and 16 August with the first leg scheduled to be away from home for the winners of the second qualifying tie between Burnley and Aberdeen.

Başakşehir finished third in the Turkish Super League last season behind Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and champions Galatasary.

The draw for the third qualifying round took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday - three days before Sean Dyche's men begin their European campaign with the first leg of their tie against the Dons at Pittodrie.

Başakşehir played in the group stage of the Europa League last season - their third European campaign - after losing in the play-off round of the Champions League.

Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Turkish side, scoring 24 goals in 52 appearances.

Ex-Arsenal and Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy is a team-mate at the Fatih Termin Stadium.. 

Burnley start their Premier League season at Southampton on Sunday, 12 August.


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