Besiktas vs Galatasaray Prediction, Preview and Betting Tips
Istanbul will be seriously shaken on Saturday night, 2 December 2017, when Besiktas takes on Galatasaray in a clash from round 14 of the Turkish Süper Lig. Two of the football powerhouses in Turkey are once again in the big game and if Besiktas won the trophy for the past two seasons, now Galatasaray makes a certain claim after 13 Süper Lig rounds. Read more in our detailed match preview, prediction and football betting tips.
H2H History: Besiktas vs Galatasaray
Besiktas vs Galatasaray is a famous rivalry involving two of the most successful Turkish clubs. It is also a local derby, one of many involving teams from Istanbul. Both clubs are located on the European shore of Istanbul. Besiktas were founded in the local municipality called Besiktas as well, while Galatasaray were founded in the Galatasaray district.
The most recent fixture between these two sides was on 27 February 2017 when Besiktas won 0:1 at the “Türk Telekom Stadi”, with an only goal scored by Brazilian attacking midfielder Talisca.
The overall balance is as it follows: 238 competitive encounters – 86 victories for Galatasaray, 71 draws and 81 Besiktas wins. Galatasaray maintains the positive record in the Süper Lig meetings as well – 43 against 33, while the draws are 42.
Turkish Süper Lig: Besiktas vs Galatasaray 02.12.2017
Besiktas have struggled in the last two Süper Lig games prior to and following the Champions League fixture against Porto 10 days ago. However, they have guaranteed themselves a 1/8 final position for the very first time, making it to the Champions League last 16 as one of the group winners. Thus Senol Gunes has asserted that until February the only priority of his squad is bound to the Super Lig title defense. Situation there is a bit complicated since Senol Gunes’ side is fourth after two goalless draws with Akhisarspor and Yeni Malatyaspor, but a win over Galatasaray can reduce the gap. Moreover, Besiktas have ended their drawing performance with a 9:0 win over Manisaspor in the midweek Turkish Cup round, where Alvaro Negredo netted the ball four times and Jermain Lens has scored a hat-trick “only”.
As a result of a huge setback in mid-July, Galatasaray is focused over the domestic perspectives only after losing to this year’s Europa League surprise Östersunds in the second qualifying round. Nevertheless, Igor Tudor kept his coaching position in Galatasaray and so far so good, “Cimbom” are topping the league with 29 points collected, having two points above runner-ups Istanbul Basaksehir, and four points more from the major rivals Fenerbahce, Besiktas, as well as Kayserispor, who are fifth in the standings.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray Preview: News, Squads and Missing Players
Galatasaray also had a productive midweek Turkish Cup activity on Tuesday when they have won 5:1 at home against Sivas Belediyespor and Yasin Öztekin was the one who scored a brace. This can earn him a starting position in the derby, especially when we consider that Tolga Cigerci remains a doubt. Fernando and Sofiane Feghouli have both served their suspensions and should return in contention, as the latter competes with Öztekin, while Fernando is the heart of Galatasaray’s midfield and looks irreplaceable.
Belgian defender Jason Denayer is another doubt while Romanian left-back Iasmin Latovlevici is injured, so Martin Linnes should start in the defensive quartet.
With Pepe and Dusko Tosic back, Senol Gunes’ midfield formation should be more confident and both full-backs will feel more comfortable going forward. This simply means Besiktas will be capable to offer more aggression and deep pressing.
Gary Medel also returns after suspension but Gökhan Gönül looks a favourite to start as a right-back, while Adriano will cover the left side when Caner Erkin is still suspended.
And if Ryan Babel, Talisca and Ricardo Quaresma will most likely build the attacking trio behind striker Cenk Tosun, there is a trio competing for the two central midfield positions – Atiba Hutchinson, Tolgay Arslan, Oğuzhan Özyakup.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray Prediction and Betting Tips
Besiktas are undefeated in their last 33 home Super Lig matches. Of course, it’s hard to compare any other game with a derby against either Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, but Senol Gunes is definitely the type of a coach who knows how to enter in these duels.
On the other hand, Igor Tudor looks pretty clueless in the major games and the latest example was only two weeks ago when Galatasaray lost 5:1 to Istanbul Basaksehir.
We believe that Besiktas has the quality to win this clash and Senol Gunes will win the managerial duel against Igor Tudor. Our cents are going for the home win – Besiktas to win vs Galatasaray (1X2 Betting).
It’s matchday and the odds on a home win have increased, varying between 2.20-2.26 (6/5-63/50) in the leading online bookmakers.
Possible Starting Lineups of Besiktas and Galatasaray
Venue: “Vodafone Arena”, Istanbul.
Referee: Firat Aydinus.
Besiktas JK: Fabri – Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Adriano – Tolgay Arslan, Atiba Hutchinson – Ricardo Quaresma, Talisca, Ryan Babel – Cenk Tosun. (4-2-3-1)
Galatasaray SK: Fernando Muslera – Martin Linnes, Serdar Aziz, Maicon, Mariano – Fernando, Badou Ndiaye – Garry Rodrigues, Younes Belhanda, Yasin Öztekin – Bafetimbi Gomis. (4-2-3-1)