Istanbul Basaksehir vs Bursaspor
2017/18 Turkish Super Lig
Date: Friday, 11th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Fatih Terim Stadium (Istanbul).
Istanbul Basaksehir aim for another fruitful season when they kick start their Turkish Super Lig campaign at home against Bursaspor.
Basaksehir finished second in the league last season and qualified for Champions League for the first time in their history. They will open their Super Lig campaign with a home match against Bursaspor, a team that narrowly escaped relegation on the final matchday with an away win at Trabzon.
The competitive season has already started for Basaksehir with the Champions League qualifying fixture against Belgian giants Club Brugge. The Turks prevailed in the tie with a 2-0 home win after the goal-galore 3-3 draw in the first leg in Belgium.
Basaksehir’s ambitions to achieve new heights in evident in this summer’s transfer market. They did lost one of their home grown talents, as the teenage sensation Cengiz Under moved away to AS Roma. But they snapped ex-Man City winger Gael Clichy alongside the experienced Aurélien Chedjou, Aurélien Chedjou, Mevlut Erdinc and Gokhan Inler on free transfers.
Bursaspor want to put behind the 2016/17 campaign as soon as possible. They only escaped relegation by 2 points at the end of the campaign. The did start the season well before stumbling by Christmas and then the downward trip started. Bursa lost just 4 games in the first half of the season. But in the second half, they managed just 4 wins. The team will start their new season with a new head-coach, Paul Le Guen, who previously managed French clubs Lyon and PSG and national teams of Cameroon and Oman.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Bursaspor: Head-to-head
Istanbul Basaksehir are unbeaten in the last five matches against Bursa, 3 wins and 2 draws. In the last season, they won both league matches, 1-0 at home and 2-0 away.
Bursaspor are win-less in their last four visits to this stadium, they lost 3 and drew 1 during the period.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Bursaspor: Prediction
On another day, this will look like easy pickings for the team from Istanbul. But, Basaksehir are forced to save some of their key players with the Champions League qualifying fixture against Spanish heavy weights Sevilla insight. This will make a huge difference in the outcome of this game and the underdogs Bursa could get way with something from this season opener. However, it is safe to look into the goal markets.