Beşiktaş v Club Brugge preview

Slaven Bilić is hoping another bumper crowd can spur Beşiktaş JK on as they bid to overturn a 2-1 loss against a Club Brugge KV side still unbeaten in this competition.

Club Brugge's Tom De Sutter tangles with Beşiktaş's Necip Uysal
Club Brugge's Tom De Sutter tangles with Beşiktaş's Necip Uysal ©Getty Images

Beşiktaş JK need to end Club Brugge KV's long unbeaten run in this season's UEFA Europa League as they go into their round of 16 decider in Istanbul trailing 2-1.

What they say
Slaven Bilić, Beşiktaş coach: "If we play as well as we can, we will qualify for the quarter-finals. In the first leg we were not under any pressure until the last 30 minutes – then Club Brugge took control and beat us. This time we will have around 70,000 players at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium – like we did for the Liverpool game in the last round. Those supporters are always behind us, but tomorrow they have to be patient."

Michel Preud'homme, Club Brugge coach: "This season it was very important for us to get through to the group stage, initially – we failed to qualify last season. Having got there we won the group and eliminated Torino in the next round. Now we are aiming to enjoy it and see how far we can go. We wouldn't say we have an advantage: a bit of credit because of the first-leg victory against Beşiktaş's supporters and the atmosphere."

Previous meetings
• Gökhan Töre put the Black Eagles in front in the first leg in Belgium, but Tom De Sutter replied and Lior Refaelov's penalty (79) won the game for Club Brugge.

• In the sides' only other meeting, Jean Tigana's Beşiktaş beat Emilio Ferreira's Club Brugge 2-1 at the Black Eagles' old İnönü Stadium home in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage.

• The teams on 29 November 2006 were:
Beşiktaş:
Runje, Serdar Kurtuluş*, Baki Mercimek, Mert Nobre (Mustafa Doğan 83), Kléberson (Bobô 60), Ricardinho, İbrahim Üzülmez, Ali Tandoğan, Koray Avcı, İbrahim Akin (Burak Yılmaz 60), İbrahim Toraman.
Club Brugge: Stijnen, Vermant, Clement, Englebert, Balaban, Blondel (Daerden 72), Van Heerden, Gvozdenović, Pedersen, Ibrahim, Maertens (Chávez 84).

*registered to play for the club in this season's competition

Form guide
• The first leg result ended Beşiktaş's unbeaten record against Belgian sides (now W2 D2 L1), though they are yet to lose to a Belgian side in Turkey (W2 D1).

Club Brugge's only previous visit to Turkey ended in a 0-0 draw at Galatasaray AŞ in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first group stage.

• One of three sides to have progressed from the third qualifying round to the round of 16 (along with FC Dinamo Moskva and Torino FC), Club Brugge are the only side to have made it this far without losing a game. Their record in 13 UEFA Europa League games this season is W10 D3.

Beşiktaş bowed out to eventual winners Club Atlético de Madrid at this stage in 2011/12. The Black Eagles last made it to a quarter-final in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, when they lost to SS Lazio on away goals.

Club Brugge are in the round of 16 for the first time since the advent of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stages. The Belgian side have not reached the final stages of a UEFA tournament since they made it to the last four in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup, losing to SV Werder Bremen.

Trivia and links
• This match takes place on an auspicious date for Beşiktaş; 19 March marks the 112th anniversary of the club's foundation.

• Club Brugge's Refaelov is one of six players to have scored six UEFA Europa League goals since the start of the group stage; only Alan (FC Salzburg: 8) and Romelu Lukaku (Everton FC: 7) have scored more.

Beşiktaş forward Demba Ba played in Belgium for R. Excelsior Mouscron from 2006 to 2007. He scored eight goals in 12 league games despite missing much of the campaign with a broken leg.

Beşiktaş midfielder José Sosa could make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance.

Beşiktaş's round of 32 shoot-out win against Liverpool FC was only the fifth (group stage to final) since the advent of the UEFA Europa League. It was the first, however, in which the winners converted all five of their spot kicks.

• Of the round of 16 contenders who started out in the group stage, Club Brugge and SSC Napoli have the best defensive records, conceding just four goals in nine matches  – an average of 0.44 goals per game.

The coaches
Beşiktaş coach since June 2013, Slaven Bilić earned a bronze medal as a defender with Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and went on to lead his country to UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012 as a coach. A rock music fan with a law degree, he was at the FC Lokomotiv Moskva helm before heading to Turkey.

• A goalkeeper for R. Standard de Liège, Mechelen, SL Benfica and Belgium, for whom he earned 58 caps, Michel Preud'homme has been in charge of Club Brugge since September 2013. As a coach, he has claimed league titles in Belgium (Standard, 2007/08) and Saudi Arabia (al-Shabab FC, 2011/12) in addition to the Belgian Cup (KAA Gent, 2009/10) and the Dutch Cup (FC Twente, 2010/11).

Penalty shoot-outs
Beşiktaş's record in one UEFA competition penalty shoot-out is W1 L0 (W1 L0 at home)
5-4 v Liverpool (h), 2015 UEFA Europa League round of 32

Beşiktaş could join FC Barcelona in becoming only the second side to win successive European ties on penalties. Barcelona won their second and third round ties in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup through shoot-outs.

Club Brugge's record in four UEFA competition penalty shoot-outs is W4 L0 (W1 L0 away from home)
4-1 v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (H), 2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
4-2 v Borussia Dortmund (A), 2003/04 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
4-3 v Vålerenga Fotball (H), 2005/06 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
4-3 v KKS Lech Poznań (H), 2009/10 UEFA Europa League play-off