Giresunspor vs Fenerbahce
Date: Thursday, 20 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Giresun Ataturk Stadyumu (Giresun).
The managerial change did not help Fenerbahce end their winless streak as they disappointedly drew 2-2 at home to fellow strugglers Erzurumspor on Monday evening.
It seemed the Yellow Canaries would finally perform on Ersun Yanal’s debut on the bench when Andre Ayew and Martin Skrtel put them two goals ahead before the half-hour mark in the last game of the Matchday No 16 on Monday. Nevertheless, Erzurum’s substitutes Emrah Bassan and Lennart Thy levelled the score for the visitors denying Fener a three-pointer at Sukru Saracoglu.
Yanal will thus look for his maiden victory on Fener’s bench on Thursday evening when his squad travel to Giresun Staturk Stadyumu to take on second-division outfit Giresunspor in the reverse fixture of their fifth round cup tie.
The Yellow Canaries have a narrow one-goal advantage from the first leg thanks to Islam Slimani’s late goal in the match played on December 6th.
Giresunspor vs Fenerbahce: Head-to-head
Interestingly, these two sides battled each other in the Turkish Cup quarter-last term.
Fenerbahce advanced to semis via two separate 2-1 wins in February this year.
Overall, the Yellow Canaries won 12, drew 6 and lost just 1 of 19 meetings with Giresunspor.
Fener head into this off the back of six consecutive victories over Giresun.
Giresunspor vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
The visitors are heavy favourites here, in spite of their dreadful form in Super Lig. They will be up against second-division strugglers on the occasion.
Giresunspor lost four and drew one of last five matches across competitions. They will head into this on the back of a demolishing 0-3 defeat to 6th-placed Hatayspor in 1. Lig.
Huseyin Kalpar’s men shipped as many as eight goals in last two home outings in the second tier of Turkish football.
Can Fener finally shine and boost up their confidence with a demolishing victory over such opposition?
We believe so and we will back the visitors to pick up a comprehensive win here.
Giresunspor vs Fenerbahce: Bet Tips
Fenerbahce -1.5 handicap.