We have a derby coming up this Sunday and it’s from Turkey again. The 3rd placed Galatasaray are going to host the 5th placed Beşiktaş at Türk Telekom Stadium but the match will be played without fans due to Coronavirus.
Let’s start with the home team. Having won 14 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 4 times, Galatasaray have gathered 49 points this season and they are following Trabzonspor and Başakşehir, who share the same amount of points, by three points. This is a crucial match for the “Cimbom” as their fellow candidates for title, Trabzonspor and Başakşehir, are going to play against each other this weekend as well. I’m getting convinced after each round that Galatasaray are now the best team in this league. Their 8-game win streak ended last week on the road against Sivasspor but their no-loss streak continued after the draw they got 4 Eylül Stadium. I can honestly say they deserved the victory in this match but not losing against Sivasspor, who have also the same amount of points as Gala, is something to be content with. At the moment, Galatasaray have several in-form players including Falcao, Feghouli, Seri, Lemina, Mariano, and Ömer Bayram. They have the quality to beat their opponent and I was almost sure that the victory for the home side is highly likely before it was announced that the game is going to be played without fans. All in all, I can still say that they are the favorites although they lost a big advantage.
Beşiktaş, on the other hand, have won 13 times, drawn 4 times, and lost 8 times this season. They have currently 43 points, which puts them at the 5th spot. This match holds great importance for the visitors as well since if they fail to collect a point or points from Türk Telekom Stadyumu, the season will be almost officially over for them. Sergen Yalçın, who replaced the former head coach Abdullah Avcı, might be one of the most intelligent person in Turkish football history and I expect him to pull something out of his hat in this match. However, I’m not sure it will be enough to beat the experience of Fatih Terim, who won the Super League title 8 times with Galatasaray.
In a nutshell, I certainly believe that Galatasaray have the upper hand in this derby but now that fans will not be allowed, the home advantage is gone. For this reason, I want to play it safer and go with -0.25 handicap. Good luck! If you are looking for the highest odds for this match, register for the best betting software and reserve your seat amongst the winners.