Galatasaray vs Besiktas
Turkish Super Lig
Date: Monday, 27th February 2017
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul.
The two biggest football rivals in Turkey face-off against each other on Monday evening.
This is a top of the table clash as Besiktas lead the the Turkish Super Lig with 47 points, while the arch rivals Galatasaray are third with a 7 point deficit. Arguably, Galatasaray versus Besiktas is one of the fierce derbies in World Football.
Galatasaray’s head-coach Igor Tudor will have some concerns regarding his team’s performance as they were only able to pick 1 win from their last four matches. They drew 1-1 away at Rizespor last week, which put them on a two match win-less run. Also, their most recent home fixture ended up in a 2-1 defeat to a relegation bound Kayserispor.
On the other hand, Besiktas are coming on the back of a 3-1 home victory against Akhisar Belediyespor, registering their 6th win in 7 matches. Their overall form looks good, but they were seen struggling in the recent away games. Only 2 of their last 5 away matches ended in wins, losing twice. Despite the recent shortfalls, Besiktas remain as the best away side in the league after picking 21 points from their 11 matches so far.
Galatasaray vs Besiktas: Head-to-head stats
The reverse leg of the current season at Besiktas was an entertaining 2-2 draw. The result helped Besiktas to extend their unbeaten run Galatasaray to three league matches after winning in both fixtures of the last season.
At home, Galatasaray have a formidable record after winning in 10 of the last 13, while Besiktas picked 2 wins along with a draw. They did lose the corresponding fixture of last season to Besiktas by a narrow 1-0 margin.
Galatasaray vs Besiktas: Prediction
This is a local derby and therefore we must expect both teams to give their 100%. For bet tips, we see the best value value in the goal markets as either sides have plenty of issues at their back in recent weeks. Galatasaray conceded in 9 of their last 10 home games and Besiktas in 7 of their last 8 away games. Therefore, there is a very good chance for both teams to score at least once here.
With Besiktas struggling in recent away games, Galatasaray could strike lucky. Therefore I will be going with a correct score prediction of 2-1 in favor of the hosts.
Galatasaray vs Besiktas: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10)
Galatasaray to win 2-1 at 9/1 (10.00).