Istanbul Basaksehir vs Yeni Malatyaspor
Turkish Super Lig
Date: Monday, 1 October 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu (Istanbul).
Yeni Malatyaspor took advantage of the easier fixture against recently-promoted Rizespor to bounce back from consecutive league losses in Super Lig. Daniel Aleksic notched his third goal of the season to make the difference for the Tigers of the East last weekend. The Serbian forward thus helped his team stay at the sixth place in the league ladder.
However, Erol Bulut’s side is likely about to return on the losing ways on Monday as they are set to take on the second-placed Istanbul Basaksehir in the last fixture of the Matchday No 7.
The hosts dropped the title in the very finish of the season in the previous term. They are determined to go all the way this time around. They took 13 points from six matches and have an opportunity to regain the top spot in the standings with success here against the Tigers of the East.
Basaksehir vs Yeni Malatyaspor: Head-to-head
Istanbul won all of three H2H games between the two teams with an impressive 7-1 goal difference along.
They did not concede a single goal in two league games against Malatya last season (1-0 and 2-0 wins).
A mid-season friendly played in January this year saw a 4-1 victory for Basaksehir.
Basaksehir vs Yeni Malatyaspor: Prediction
The hosts rely on rock-solid defense which only allowed three goals in six games so far in the season. They head into this with three clean sheets in last three games, including a goalless draw away at Bursaspor last weekend.
Malatya are by no means a powerful attacking team. They have done well so far in the season, but without being prolific, defense being their biggest weapon too.
The visitors will hardly be in position to add to their six-goal tally past Istanbul away at Fatih Terim Stadyumu. The hosts are 1.80 to keep another clean sheet.
Since this is the clash between two strongest defensive lines in the competition, a reasonable alternative betting option would be Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 2.00.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Yeni Malatyaspor: Bet Tips
Istanbul Basaksehir to keep a clean sheet @ 1.80 (4/5)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00 (1/1).