Bucaspor vs Galatasaray
Turkey – Cup
Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Yeni Buca Stadi (Izmir).
Galatasaray hav e practically closed this last 16 round tie with a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the first leg at Turk Telekom Stadyumu. Even though the new head coach Fatih Terim sent a mixed lineup on the pitch, Cimbom did not have any troubles storming past the much weaker opposition. The likes of Selcuk Inan and Sinan Gumus took advantage of the opportunity to feature the starting lineup and they were the ones who made the difference between the two teams in late-December.
Bucaspor’s players will still have the chance to enjoy the occasion of playing the Turkish heavyweights in the rematch in front of the home fans on Thursday, Overall, it has been a dismal campaign so far in the season for them in the third tier where they sit right on the brink of the drop zone after 17 rounds of the competition. Before the mentioned defeat to Galata, Buca suffered another 3-0 loss to fellow strugglers Etimesgut Belediyespor on the road.
Galata have been struggling with the consistency throughout their Super Lig campaign, but they seem to have found the right shape under Fatih Terim. Galata have had a couple of superb performances in mid-season friendlies and they should not have too many troubles easing past the third-division opponent once again on Thursday.
Bucaspor vs Galatasaray: Head-to-head
Galata have won each of four H2H meetings with Bucaspor who have managed to net only a single goal along the way.
Their lone league meetings happened in the 2010/11 campaign when Buca last time featured the elite class of the Turkish football.
Bucaspor vs Galatasaray: Prediction
Terim will mix up his cards once again and rest his main players for the weekend’s league trip to Kayseri.
It should, however, not affect the outcome of this game as the gulf in quality between these two rivals is just enormous.
To sum it all up, Galata should dominate the pitch from the first minute and clinch another comprehensive win without conceding against the struggling opposition.
Bucaspor vs Galatasaray: Bet Tips
Galatasaray to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25
HT/FT Galatasaray/Galatasaray @ 2.10