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İstanbul Başakşehir vs Gent betting tips: Europa Conference League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Match preview

Following last week’s first leg in Belgium, this tie is perfectly poised as the two clubs reconvene by the Bosporus.

Six nights ago, Stefano Okaka’s delicate header gave İstanbul Başakşehir an early lead, only for Gift Orban to bundle home an equaliser from close-range.

1-1 it finished, making this second leg winner takes all.

İstanbul Başakşehir are seeking to reach the quarter-finals of a UEFA competition for the very first time.

It’s looking good for Emre Belözoğlu’s side who are unbeaten at home in the Europa Conference League, scoring exactly three in all four of their victories.

Domestically, the Grey Owls are sixth in the Süper Lig, following Sunday night’s 2-0 home defeat to Beşiktaş, with Adnan Januzaj sent off in the first half.

Gent meantime ousted Qarabağ on penalties last month, just their second knockout phase win in the modern era.

Having only managed a draw at home, de Buffalo’s must now win in Türkiye if they’re going to reach a first continental quarter-final since 1992.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s team did at least enjoy a morale-boosting 6-2 victory over Zulte Waregem on Sunday, with Orban scoring four times.

So, having won three of their last four, Gent are fifth in the Jupiler Pro League, one point below Club Brugge.

Here, will İstanbul Başakşehir make home advantage count at Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu?

İstanbul Başakşehir team news

First leg scorer Stefano Okaka, as well as Şener Özbayraklı, Lucas Biglia, Danijel Aleksić and Deniz Türüç were all rested at the weekend.

Don’t expect Mesut Özil to feature in this fixture; he’s made just seven appearances this season due to injury.

Adnan Januzaj will be suspended for next weekend’s clash with Fatih Karagümrük, so will be hoping to start this one.

Gent team news

Defender Bruno Godeau as well as strikers Tarik Tissoudali and Darko Lemajić are all currently injured.

20 year old Gift Orban, who arrived from Stabæk in January, will continue to be the danger man, having now scored nine times in eight appearances for Gent.

Strike partner Hugo Cuypers has 19 goals to his name this season, three of which have come in this competition.

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