Erzurumspor vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 2 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Kazim Karabekir Stadyumu, Erzurum.
Istanbul Basaksehir will be looking for their first points on the road in the new Super Lug campaign on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Erzurum to take on the recently-promoted outfit in the fourth round of the competition.
Abdullah Avci’s men are perfect on the home patch where they easily saw off the likes of Trabzonspor and Akhisarspor, but they could not repeat such displays in the lone away fixtures which saw them fall 2-1 to Kasimpasa in the second round.
The visitors are still forth after three rounds and a win here would keep their title challenge up and running ahead of next week’s home tie with Antalyaspor.
Istanbul can entirely focus on the domestic success this time about, following their Europa League elimination to Burnley in the third qualifying round.
Erzurumspor vs Istanbul Basaksehir : Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams, following Erzurum’s maiden appearance in the elite class of the Turkish football.
Erzurumspor vs Istanbul Basaksehir Prediction
The hosts instantly felt the strength of a higher division football by losing to both Konya and Besiktas in the opening two rounds. The head coach Mehmet Altiparmak was particularly worried because of the lack of meticulousness in his side’s defensive line which shipped three goals in each of the mentioned losses.
Nevertheless, the team managed to win their historical first point in the top flight by holding Rizespor to a goalless draw last weekend. The clash marked a debut for the Bosnian keeper Ibrahim Sehic who has just joined the team from Azerbaijani Qarabag.
Sehic and Erzurum’s defense will be on a massive pressure here against Istanbul’s star-studded attacking line. The quality is no doubt on Istanbul’s side and it’s really hard to back anything else but an away victory as the main betting prediction here.
Since the league newcomers failed to do much to threaten Rize’s goal last weekend, we see the value in backing Avci’s men to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 2.50 here.
Erzurumspor vs Istanbul Basaksehir Betting Tips
Istanbul Basaksehir to win @ 1.57
Istanbul Basaksehir to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50.