Can Besiktas stun Tottenham? History's not on their side

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Turkish side Besiktas visit White Hart Lane this evening to face Tottenham and will be trying to erase memories of two painful trips to England.

Besiktas will hope to do better than Turkish rivals Galatasaray on their trip to North London, but their track record is somewhat ominous.

Galatasaray returned home with their tails between their legs after Arsenal thrashed them 4-1 and Besiktas, who lost to the Gunners in the Champions League preliminary round, are underdogs against Tottenham.

Besiktas could only draw with Greek side Asteras Tripolis in their Europa League opener while Tottenham shared the spoils with Partizan Belgrade.

The visitors will be pinning much of their hopes on former Chelsea man Demba Ba and will be joined by some passionate support.

Besiktas have had some dark moments on English soil, winning twice and losing five times, including a 6-0 defeat against Leeds United in 2000 and an 8-0 thumping against Liverpool in 2007.

Spurs triumphed on the only occasion these two teams met before, coming out on top 2-0 thanks to Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov in the UEFA Cup in 2006-07.

Watch Besiktas' English horror shows:

Leeds United 6-0 Besiktas (2000)

Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas (2007)

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