BABEL TO GET EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ACTION SINCE 2011

Dutchman Ryan Babel is set to get his first European football action when he lines up for Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday.


Besiktas are set to face Hapoel Beer-Sheva at the Turner stadium, meaning Babel would get the chance to play in Europe since the 2010/11 season he played for Premier League side Liverpool.

Babel played four times for the Reds, getting an assist in 2011 but he has not had the chance since then. He moved to the Turkish side from Deportivo La Coruna during the winter window. He has been decent for the club since joining, contributing two goals and helping one in four league games.

Besiktas finished in third place in their Champions League group, hence the drop to the Europa League Round of 32. Besiktas would play without Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar, Andreas Beck and Adriano. Babel could get featured alongside winter addition Matej Mitrovic.

Dusko Tosic is eligible to play the game as his four-match suspension is limited to the Turkish Cup. He has been selected for the game but Besiktas would not play Ersan Gulum, Luiz Rhodolfo, Demba Ba, Veli Kavlak and Aras Ozblilz.

Hapoel would be in high spirits ahead of the match. They surprised many when they lifted the Israeli league last year. They continued in the fine form to qualify from an Europa league group that included Premier League side Southampton and Serie A giant Inter Milan. They have also shocked Celtic and Olympiakos and they would be hoping to shock the Turkish side as well.

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