Yeni Malatyaspor vs Besiktas
Turkish Super Lig
Monday, 13 July 2020,
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Yeni Malatya Stadyumu (Malatya).
This is a big game for Besiktas who are chasing Europa League football. Sitting at 4th in the table with 1-point lead over Galatasaray, they must not drop points in the remaining games.
The scenario would have been different if not for the defeats of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Alanyaspor on matchday 32.
The Black Eagles have an advantage now and have the chance to go clear in the race.
Wins were hard to come by for Yeni Malatyaspor this season, but they improved somewhat after the covid break. They had a streak of 12 games with 10 losses in it between 15 December 2019 and 13 June 2020.
Having gone without a win since 15th December, Hikmet Karaman’s break the duck with a 2-1 win over Goztepe. They lost the following match to Fener (2-3) but bounced back with a goal-less draw against Genclerbirligi and a narrow 1-0 away win at Sivasspor.
Yeni are relegation bound despite sitting at 13th in the standings, their gap with bottom 3 teams is just 1 point.
There will be some confidence in Malatyaspor on the back of recent results, however Besiktas will be keen to lift their game and improve the record on the road.
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Besiktas Head-to-head
Malatyaspor registered their first h2h win against Besiktas when the two met at Istanbul earlier this season.
The Black Eagles won 3 of the overall 4 previous Super Lig duels except for a goal-less draw in their very first topflight meeting at this very stadium back in 2017.
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Besiktas Prediction
Have to start with “must win” game for both teams since Yeni is just a point above drop zone and Besiktas will risk their European spot if points are dropped here.
Anyhow, purely on based on form and squad quality, Besiktas are clear favorites to win here. But we have seen 3 of the four teams sitting inside top 7 lost their respective matches on the weekend. And the other three are playing on Monday.
Thus, it is not safe to back an outright winner in this match and this prompts me to choose over 2.5 goals are a moderately safe bet. This is based on the stats that the visitors have seen this in 10 of their 15 away matches this season, the 10 of 16 home games at Malatya Stadyumu saw the same.
On top of that, Yeni have conceded in 13 of their 16 home games this season, while Besiktas in 13 of their 15 away games. Thus, both teams to score in this match seems like another option.
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Besiktas Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.60 odd.
Both teams to Score @ 1.53 odd.