Istanbul Basaksehir vs Trabzonspor
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu, Istanbul.
Istanbul Basaksehir host Trabzonspor in one of the most exciting of the first round fixtures in Turkish Super Lig.
The hosts will come into it off the back of a goalless draw to Premier League outfit Burnley on Thursday evening in the third round of Europa League qualifications.
Karadeniz Firtinasi will, on the other side feature their first official game of the season here given that the fifth-place finish from the last season was not good enough to send them to Europa League this summer.
Istanbul’s head coach Abdullah Avci might make some changes to the starting line-up in order to keep the main players fresh for the reverse fixture against Clarets at Turf Moor.
The hosts rely heavily on the Bosnian pair of attackers Edin Visca and Riad Bajic who have both failed to create on Thursday evening.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Trabzonspor: Head-to-head
- Trabzon have a positive head to head record in matches against Istanbul Basaksehir.
- Karadeniz Firtinasi won 11 and lost only 5 of 23 meetings with the Istanbul side.
- Nevertheless, Basaksehir took four points from two clashes with Trabzon last season.
- Only one of last six H2H outings saw three or more goals scored.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Trabzonspor: Prediction
Basaksehir had some string tests in the pre-season and they’ve been pretty tough to break down along the way.
If we ignore the 3-1 loss to Stuttgart, Avci’s men conceded only one goal in remaining three games against the likes of Eibar, Bayer Leverkusen and Burnley.
Given that the recent H2H record suggests a low-scoring affair, we have to find the value in backing the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at the 2.00 odds.
Moving forward, Trabzon conceded no goals in last two friendlies against Samsunspor (3-0 win) and Cagliari (0-0 draw).
The hosts are midway through the Europa League tie which is why we’d avoid home win picks. Instead, let’s shoot for the draw at the odds of 3.60.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Trabzonspor: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00
Draw @ 3.60.