Istanbul Basaksehir vs Erzurumspor
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Saturday, 9th February 2019
Kick-off at 13.00 UK/ 14.00 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium (Istanbul).
Abdullah Avci’s men already have an eight-point lead at the top, and they still are not satisfied. It says a thing or two about their mentality, which has played a major role in the team’s success.
Just as per wish, they are taking on one of the two worst teams in the league, and with the home advantage in their corner.
One of the hallmarks of the league-toppers has been their defensive rigidity. After 20 rounds of the Turkish Lig, the players have let just ten goals past their backline, while the next-best is 21 by Konyaspor. At home, this record becomes even better, with less than 0.5 goals conceded per tie. The visitors are sure in for a tough night.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Erzurumspor: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Mehmet Ozdilek’s men have lost all of their games against this opponent.
- The team from Istanbul has kept a clean sheet in 100% of their ties.
- The last time these two met, Medipol recorded a 0-1 win, on the road.
- The reverse fixture of this league tie, in the 2018-19 season, was a defensive master-class by Abdullah Avci’s men, as they dealt with 16 shots, and still managed to keep a clean sheet.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Erzurumspor: Prediction
The best team in Turkey, also the best defense in the country, again, the best team at home in the nation, is taking on one of the worst teams in the Super Lig, and that too, with the aid of home advantage, where they are at their menacing best.
The visitors have little chance to survive this ordeal without damage. They already hold a 100% losing record against this set of players, and the last time they met, while Medipol was on the road, the team failed to score at least a goal.
As two-thirds of the league is over, the toppers boast of a monstrosity of a defensive record. They have conceded just ten goals this season in whole, and just four at home. They have also won their last five home-ties in a row and kept clean sheets in three of them. Their opponents for this fixture, meanwhile, is currently going through a ten-match winless run on the road.
Anticipate the home-team to record a mammoth win, while keeping their nets clean.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Erzurumspor: Betting Tips
Istanbul Basaksehir to Win to Nil @ 1.80 (4/5)
EH: -1 for Istanbul Basaksehir; Istanbul Basaksehir to Win @ 1.80 (4/5).