Akhisar Belediyespor vs Galatasaray
Date: Tuesday, 27th February 2018
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Balikesir Ataturk Stadyumu (Balikesir).
There is nothing spectacular in Belediyespor’s 2017/18 season so far. But the team got their basics right to reach the semifinals of the cup competition. All their cup ties until quarter finals were against teams from the lower division and they crossed every hurdle without a fuss. Last round saw them drawn against Kayserispor, a side pushing for European places in the Super Lig. However, Belediyespor passed the stern test on the back of a narrow 1-0 home win complemented by a 2-2 thrilling draw in the reverse leg.
On the other hand, Galatasaray had a similar kind of draw in cup ties with each of their opposition until the last 8 coming from lower leagues. In the quarter finals they met Konyaspor, a team fallen from the glory this season and fighting for survival in the Super Lig. The first leg didn’t go as planned with Konya holding out for a 2-2 draw. But the Istanbul giants lived up to the expectation in the reverse leg and thrashed the opponent 4-1 at their own backyard.
Belediyespor vs Galatasaray: Head-to-head
Galatasaray are unbeaten in the last 12 meetings with Belediyespor in all competitions; 10 wins and 2 draws.
Both teams scored in 7 of the last 8 in the series.
At Belediyespor’s home ground, Gala’s record is 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from 7 matches.
The teams met in cup competitions on two previous occasions and Gala progressed to the next round on both occasions.
Belediyespor vs Galatasaray: Prediction
Akhisar are coming on the back of a solid run after bagging three wins on the trot with clean sheets. So, they must be considered as a team on confidence.
Now, Galatasaray cannot be considered as a capable side while playing away from home. They lost 6 of the last 7 against in the Super Lig and their away record in the cup competitions is 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss from three.
Considering all the above facts, this will be not an easy ride for the team in yellow and reds. I see better chance for Belediyespor to nick a win and backing them on a double chance to win or draw will bear fruits for punters.
Belediyespor vs Galatasaray: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Belediyespor or Draw at 1.85 odds.
Both teams to Score at 1.60 odds.