Yeni Malatyaspor vs Fenerbahce
2018/19 Turkish Super Lig
Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Yeni Malatya Stadyumu, Malatya.
Yeni Malatyaspor got off to a dream start to the new Super Lig campaign, beating Goztepe 1-3 on the road last weekend. Can they build on such result and make a second-round upset against last year runners-up Fenerbahce on Saturday evening?
The visitors come into the game in a completely opposite mood after suffering the Champions League elimination. The Yellow Canaries were just incapable of doing much in the final third past Portuguese Primeira Liga runners-up Benfica losing 1-2 on aggregate.
Philip Cocu thus started his life on Fener’s bench with a negative experience, but he should be in position to shift to domestic affairs after the UCL failure.
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Fenerbahce: Head-to-head
- This will only be the fourth head to head encounter between the two teams.
- Fenerbahce won both of last term encounters, each time by a two-goal margin.
- Malatya won the maiden H2H meeting back in 2011 when the two sides battled it out in Turkish Cup.
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
Erol Bulut can be thrilled with his men’s attacking showing in the opening round clash against Goztepe and we’d not be shocked to see the hosts on the scoresheet against the Yellow Canaries here.
The visitors obviously remain favourites to win due to the gulf in quality (at least on paper) which makes the away win & BTTS pick look attractive at the odds of 4.00.
Cocu has strong attacking options in the likes of Roberto Soldado, Andre Ajew and Islam Slimani. The Algerian forward skipped the opening 2-1 win over Bursa and he will likely not be fit to make an appearance against Malatya either.
The threat also comes from the Brazilian pair of midfielders Souza and Guiliano who created a comeback after conceding an early goal against Bursaspor on the opening day.
The value is also decent in backing three or more goals at the 2.00 odds.
Yeni Malatyaspor vs Fenerbahce: Betting Tips
Fenerbahce to win & BTTS @ 4.00
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00.