Gaziantep vs Genclerbirligi
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Monday, 26 August 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Gaziantep Arena (Gaziantep).
Gaziantep took the long route to earn promotion into the Super Lig and were not in for the warmest of welcomes in their opener either. The hosts traveled to Istanbul to square up against Fenerbahce and were at the receiving end of an embarrassing one-sided scoreline as the clash ended with their foes slotting five unanswered goals into the back of the net.
Their fellow side from the second tier, Genclerbirligi, also tasted defeat in their return to the Super Lig, albeit by a much more modest scorecard. The visitors lost by a narrow one-goal margin against Rizespor at home and will be much more optimistic of picking up the first three points in their new campaign when they lock horns with Gaziantep on Monday.
Gaziantep vs Genclerbirligi Head to head (h2h)
- The teams have previously met each other thrice.
- Gaziantep are yet to register a win against this foe.
- Their last encounter finished 2-0 to Genclerbirligi.
- Only one out of their last three games have seen both teams get their names on the scoresheet.
Gaziantep vs Genclerbirligi Prediction
The home team could argue that they were away from the comforts of home in their opening clash, but that alone does not cut it, as losing by such a huge deficit certainly suggests that Gaziantep may not be ready for top-flight football.
Despite being without home advantage, the away side have the upper hand in this one. That is because, Genclerbirligi have always fared well against this opponent, and are unbeaten in their previous three meetings with them. It also needs mentioning that their last visit to this venue saw them get the better of Gaziantep with a clean sheet firmly intact.
Considering that the hosts have also got off to the worst start imaginable, a win for Genclerbirligi is certainly looming large.
Nevertheless, the hosts scored twenty-six goals on home soil in the lower division. Considering that seven of them came from their last five matchups here as well, expect Gaziantep to put up a good fight and to breach their opponents at least once before the last blast of the whistle.
Gaziantep vs Genclerbirligi Betting tips
Genclerbirligi to win @ 3.00 (2/1)
Both teams to score @ 1.80 (4/5).