Galatasaray vs Alanyaspor
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday 25th December, 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 UK
Venue: Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul.
The Dutch manager Jan Olde Reikernik certainly cannot be happy with the first part of the season since his Galatasaray are most likely going on the winter break from the third position. They are five points behind the surprising leaders Istanbul Basaksehir ahead of the last league match in 2016 and they will need three points from the match with Alanyaspor to keep the dream of challenging the trophy alive.
The Lions have been enjoying a solid form in the recent days since they are undefeated in last seven fixtures in all competitions. The team bagged as many as six goals in consecutive home wins over Bursaspor and Gaziantepspor confirming the fine attacking form. The midfielder Jasin Oztekin has been fantastic lately netting as many as four goals in last three matches, including the one in the 2-2 away draw with Osmanlispor.
Alanyaspor are enjoying their debut in the top flight of Turkish football The team led by Huseyin Kalpar has had a decent campaign so far in the competition as they are currently sitting at the 11th position, being nine points away from the red zone. Alanya are undefeated in last two league matches with Karabukspor and Akhisar Belediye, but they are generally at least two levels below Galatasaray at the moment with not much to hope for ahead of the clash at Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.
Galatasaray vs Alanyaspor: Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first official head to head encounter between the two teams, following the fact Alanya joined the elite for the first time in their history (the team was founded in 1948). Alanya did face Galatasaray in a friendly in January 2013 when the Turkish giants took a commanding 2 – 6 win away from home!
Galatasaray vs Alanyaspor: Prediction
Galatasaray are 4/9 to snatch the victory, which can be regarded as a banker bet since they are far more quality side than Alanya at the moment. We will even be chasing the higher odds and go for Gala to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at 11/10 odds.
Galatasaray vs Alanyaspor: Betting Tips
HT/FT – Galatasaray/Galatasaray 6/5 (2.20)
Galatasaray -1.5 handicap 11/9 (2.22).