Erzurumspor vs Besiktas
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Kazım Karabekir Stadyumu, Erzurum.
Besiktas travel to Erzurum for their Matchday 2 Super Lig clash just days after going through to the Europa League Play-offs on away goals in a 2-1 loss at LASK, hoping to build on the success and return to their five-game winning streak seen beforehand.
They’ve failed to make the top 2 spots in a thriller finish last term and they’ll be well aware how important early consistency can be for such success now, very motivated to snatch the points at Kazım Karabekir Stadyumu and build on a 2-1 home win over Akhisarspor seen on Matchday 1.
Erzurum have started their first-ever Super Lig campaign with a loss at Konyaspor despite a very strong challenge, as Mustapha Yatabare netted an ’85 winner and secured the points for the home side. They now hope for a similar display in an attempt to hold off the big guns but it’s very questionable if they have what it takes to bounce back.
Erzurumspor vs Besiktas: Head-to-head
- This will be the sides’ first head-to-head clash ever, as Erzurum bring the top flight to the home town.
- Besiktas seem to be dominant at this point and look to impress despite a busy schedule.
- Erzurum have shown off as a tough side earlier in the season but we’re only to see if they can cope with the big guns.
Erzurumspor vs Besiktas: Prediction
We will now back Besiktas to show off their class but we’ve seen them concede goals on the regular too (especially on the road), which should leave open spaces for the home side as well.
We’ll thus stick our necks out for Besiktas to win and both teams to score, which combines to a very good-looking 3.40.
With that in mind, we should be in for another high-scoring contest and we feel Besiktas’ Ryan Babel could make all the difference on the day – having scored two goals in his last three appearances.
We’ll now back him to find the net anytime and go for the bet at a good-looking 2.30 – which has caught the eye of many as the visitors look for someone to look up to in the attacking third.
Erzurumspor vs Besiktas: Bet Tips
Besiktas to win & Both teams to score @ 3.40 (12/5)
Ryan Babel to score anytime @ 2.30 (13/10).