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Besiktas vs Galatasaray
Date: Saturday, 2nd December 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Vodafone Park (Istanbul).
Besiktas vs Galatasaray : Preview and Predictions
It is derby time in Turkey this Saturday when Istanbul’s biggest rivals Besiktas and Galatasaray lock horns at the Vodafone Park.
The defending champions Besiktas are going through an inconsistent run in the domestic campaign and have a fallen 6 point short of league leaders and their Saturday’s opponent Galatasaray.
However, the team had success elsewhere as they earned a place in the knockout phase of the champions league for the first time as group winners ahead of strong sides like Porto, Monaco and Leipzig.
In the Super Lig, Besiktas could only manage 6 wins from their 13 matches so far, while they drew 5 and lost 2. Their recent form is also on the down side, with the last five matches seeing 2 wins and 3 draws.
On the other hand, Galatasaray made a strong start to the season by picking up 7 wins and 2 draws from their first 9 games. Truth to be told, they had the easiest of fixtures during the period.
However, things have started to take a u-turn as the games against strong teams came into the foray. The lost 2 in the space of 4 games, both away from home and the most recent away trip saw a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Basaksehir. Igor Tudor’s tactical know how is also under question as the team failed to win against established teams in the league.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray: Head-to-head
This will be the 239th competitive meeting between the two teams and Galatasaray are slightly ahead in the h2h with 86 wins as against the 81 wins Besiktas, with another 71 games ending in stalemates.
Besiktas are unbeaten in the last 4 Super League games against Galatasaray, 3 wins and 1 draw.
The lone draw happened in the corresponding fixture last season which was a thriller that saw Besiktas claw back from 2 goals down to hold their arch rivals to 2-2.
Both teams haven’t scored in 6 of the last 8 Super Lig fixtures between the teams.
Galatasaray lost just once during their last 7 visits to Besiktas, 3 wins and 3 draws.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray: Predictions
Both teams are going through a mini slip at the moment, but they are expected to be on their toes for Saturday’s fixture.
However, Besiktas have the upper hand here due to two specific reasons. Their lacklustre performances against weaker sides like Yeni Malatyaspor and Akhisar Belediyespor are mainly down to the absence of defensive stalwarts Pepe and Dusko Tosic. Now that the duo is back Senol Gunes is expected to set up a more attacking strategy with an eye for three points against their arch rivals.
On the other hand, Igor Tudor have got things right most of the times against moderate and weaker sides in the league. But, his lack of tactical knowledge is exposed in back-to-back away games by hardworking sides like Istanbul Basaksehir and Trabzonspor. Therefore, one must not hesitate to back Besiktas to come out victorious here.
On the flipside, Galatasaray’s chances of taking anything from this match depends on the poaching abilities of former Lyon and Marseille striker Bafetimbi Gomis. He tops the Super Lig scoring charts with 13 goals, out of which 5 came from the last three appearances.
Predicted Correct Score: 2-1 Besiktas for 8.50 odd with 888sport.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray: Bet Tips
- FT – Besiktas to win @ 1.91.
- Both teams to Score @ 1.62.
- To score anytime – Equal stakes on Cenk Tosun (Besiktas) and Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray).