Besiktas vs Yeni Malatyaspor
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK
Venue: Vodafone Stadyumu (Istanbul).
Besiktas return to league affairs after their Turkish Cup semifinal with city rivals Fenerbahce was suspended after an hour of play due to crowd’s riots. There were no goals until the hour-mark even though Domagoj Vida was sent off for the Black Eagles in the early stages of the game.
Senol Gunes’ men thus once again confirmed the improvements in their defensive performances. They shipped just one goal during the three-win streak in Super Lig. The attacking line did the job, as usual, netting eight in last two victories over Goztepe and Akhisarspor.
Next up for Besiktas are Yeni Malatyaspor who should really not represent a threat to their title ambitions. The visitors sit tenth in the league ladder and they’0ll come into this with three losses, a draw and a win in last five games in the competition.
Besiktas vs Yeni Malatyaspor: Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between these two rivals, following Malatya’s first promotion to the elite under this name.
Interestingly, Erol Bulut’s men managed to keep Besiktas to a goalless draw when the teams met in late-November last year at Yeni Malatya Stadyumu.
Besiktas vs Yeni Malatyaspor: Prediction
Ryan Babel was the standout performer for the Black Eagles of late. He scored three goals in last two league matches and he should have plenty of room to keep his spell of excellent form going against the likes of Malatya here. Bulut’s men lost each of last two away games conceding as many as four goals to Trabzonspor a month ago. You can have Babel to score anytime for the hosts at the 1.72 odds here.
Besiktas are just one point behind Galatasaray at the top of the Super Lig standings and they should really not drop the ball here. They’ve been impeccable at home lately, winning all of last eight league ties at Vodafone Stadyumu. The hosts should go string from the very first minute of the game, meaning the 1.66 odds offered for Besiktas to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end definitely have value.
Besiktas vs Yeni Malatyaspor: Bet Tips
HT/FT Besiktas/Besiktas @ 1.66
Ryan Babel to score anytime @ 1.72