Galatasaray vs Erzurumspor
Turkish Super Lig
Date: Friday, 28 September 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Turk Telekom Stadyumu (Istanbul).
Cimbom began the title defense quest with three straight wins, but their form saw a big slide in the last couple of weeks. The reigning champions lost two of last three league games to drop down to second place in the league ladder.
Fatih Terim’s men surprisingly fell 3-0 away at Akhisar on Sunday afternoon and they’ll be looking to bounce back from such loss on Friday. They host recently-promoted Erzurumspor in the match set to open the seventh round at Turk Telekom Stadyumu.
The visitors are still struggling badly to adjust to the top flight football. They are still searching for their maiden victory in the elite tier and will come into this as the rock-bottomed side after losing four and drawing two of six games so far.
Galatasaray vs Erzurumspor: Head-to-head
The two teams did not have opportunity to meet each other in the past.
Galatasaray vs Erzurumspor: Prediction
Erzurum finally managed to clinch a victory on Tuesday when they saw off lower-division Ankara Demirspor 1-0 at home in Turkish Cup. However, they are still looking for a breakthrough in the Super Lig and it’s hard to see it coming against the defending champions away from home.
To make things worse for Mehmet Altiparmak, Galatasaray are impeccable in front of the home crowd this season. The hosts won all of four games at Turk Telekom Stadyumu bagging as many as 13 goals in last three wins along the way.
The impressive streak includes a 3-0 thumping of Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow at the start of the new Champions League campaign. Eren Derdiyok is team’s top scorer with three goals in six league games so far. He only came on from the bench in last weekend’s loss to Akhisar and we can expect the Swiss forward in the starting XI this time about.
Galata were not in action in mid-week, unlike their rivals. We just have to other option but to back a comprehensive victory for the hosts here.
Galatasaray vs Erzurumspor: Bet Tips
Galatasaray -1.5 handicap @ 1.90 (9/10)
HT/FT Galatasaray/Galatasaray @ 1.80 (4/5).