Galatasaray vs Goztepe
Turkey Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Turk Telekom Stadyumu, Istanbul.
Galatasaray have seen a disappointing Super Cup loss to Akhisarspor on penalties early in the new campaign but we have already seen them bounce back as they host Goztepe on the back of a 1-3 Super Lig win at Ankaragucu, with Fatih Terim surely hoping to build on the success and forget about the slip-ups.
Cimbom have seen a strong finish last term and bagged the Super Lig silverware three points clear of the followers in a thriller finish of the campaign. They now start fresh and we’ve seen them just as convincing in the attacking third, which will be worrying for the shaky visitors.
Goztepe have kicked it off with an underwhelming performance in front of the home crowd and saw a 1-3 loss to Yeni Malatyaspor, where they conceded two late goals. They thus saw a very shaky spell of form through the pre-season continue and shaking it off at Turk Telekom Stadyumu will be a very tough task.
Galatasaray vs Goztepe: Head-to-head
- Galatasaray have bagged wins in all of their last four head-to-head clashes since November 2002.
- Goztepe have put on a solid challenge but still suffered a 0-1 loss to the Super Lig champions in May.
- The home side have last bagged a win over Cimbom back in February 2002 (2-0).
Galatasaray vs Goztepe: Prediction
We will now back Galatasaray to build on the convincing display on Matchday 1 and bag the important home points to retain consistency early in the new season.
Galata have been very tough to score against at Turk Telekom Stadyumu and we’ll now back them to win to win nil once again, which comes at 2.00!
However, we don’t feel they’ll be able to bag a thrashing win either and Goztepe will be no sitting ducks, we hope.
With that in mind, we’ll now also stick our necks out for under 2.5 goals FT at 2.70, which could seem overpriced for those keeping faith the visitors will not get on the scoresheet despite Galatasaray’s confident display in the attacking third at Ankaragucu.
Galatasaray vs Goztepe: Bet Tips
Galatasaray to win to Nil @ 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.70 (17/10).