Fenerbahce vs Spartak Trnava
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi (Istanbul).
Neither Fenerbahce nor Spartak Trnava have been pulling up any trees at the start of the new season. Both sides will come into their second round tie after a new set of domestic defeats at the weekend.
Fener fell 3-0 away at recently-promoted Rizespor to fall right down to the 14th place in the Super Lig ladder. The danger zone is just two points away, while the Yellow Canaries are eight points shy of table-toppers and fierce rivals Galatasaray after seven rounds.
Spartak are on an even worse thread. They lost four on the spin in the top flight of the Slovakian football and they trail as many as 18 points behind leaders Slovan Bratislava at the moment. The most recent of losses came just against Slovan (1-2 on Saturday).
Fenerbahce vs Spartak Trnava: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Spartak Trnava played Turkish opposition away from home twice in the past.
They lost to both Besiktas and Galatasaray without scoring a single goal along.
Fenerbahce vs Spartak Trnava: Prediction
Whilst Fener also shocked their fans with a demolishing 4-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on the opening day of Europa League, the Slovakians stunned Belgian giants Anderlecht beating them 1-0 at home two weeks ago.
This will thus be one of the last opportunities for the Dutch manager Philip Cocu to save his job- Anything but a victory would likely mean his farewell from Fener’s bench. The hosts will be highly motivated to bounce back and Spartak Trnava are ideal opposition for such mission.
The visitors presented themselves a s a defensive-minded outfit tough to break down in Europe, but they shipped as many as seven goals in last three Superliga losses. Given that Fener also showed way too many defensive holes so far in the season, backing three or more goals looks to be a banker bet at the 1.75 odds.
Fenerbahce vs Spartak Trnava: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75 (3/4)
Fenerbahce to win & BTTS @ 3.25 (9/4).