BASAKSEHIR VS BESIKTAS PREVIEW & PREDICTION
This is an important week for the title candidates in Turkey. The top four, all of whom still participate in the title fight, have to compete against each other. Leader Galatasaray will visit Fenerbahce and runner-up Besiktas will visit Basaksehir. Basaksehir and Besiktas have as many points. Both teams want to win in order to distance themselves from each other. If Galatasaray loses, the winner will even be on par with the leader. Who will take off with the three points on Sunday?
The season of Basaksehir is starting to look like that of last year. Last year they started the season and closed the first half of the league as a leader. However, they handed over the leading position because they played worse after the winter break. The same thing also happens this season. They went into the winter break as a leader, but have given it out of their hands due to bad football. The Owls crashed hard last week against relegation candidate Alanyaspor. They lost no less than 4-1.
Basaksehir started the match well, but soon Alanyaspor took over control. As they used to from Basaksehir they played very controlled and calm again. We saw a Basaksehir again that the ball is playing around a lot and looking for openings. But you just notice that this does not work against teams that lock in the back. Not even all that team stands for, as was the case with Alanyaspor. The Owls started playing faster after the backlog, which caused them to lose a lot of ball loss. Alanyaspor was constantly dangerous through counters.
Against Besiktas they will have to miss Basaksehir Alexandu Epureanu and Emre Belozoglu, two important players for Basaksehir. Against Fenerbahce, these players were also absent and Basaksehir played extremely badly. They will not get it easy against Besiktas.
Besiktas does good business in the league and has been unbeaten for eight weeks. Last, they won 1-0 against Genclerbirligi. Although Besiktas was the better side, they had trouble using the goal attempts. It was not very smooth against Genclerbirligi and the score should actually be much bigger. Last Wednesday, Besiktas took on Bayern Munchen. Because elimination was almost certain, Besiktas did not stop with his strongest line-up. The Black Eagles lost 3-1.
This elimination, in fact the 5-0 defeat in the first game, will be welcomed by the fans, because now Besiktas can fully focus on the prices in Turkey. Besiktas has the strongest position in Turkey, but in terms of performance they were a bit disappointing. There now seems to be a change. Besiktas has been doing well since the first defeat against Bayern Munich. First they won the city derby against Fenerbahce convincingly with 3-1 and then they won 2-0 against Trabzonspor. They are also favorites against Basaksehir.
There are some uncertainties and absentees among the Black & White people. Ricardo Quaresma is still suspended and his replacement Jeremain Lens performs very badly. In addition, it is not yet certain whether defenders Pepe and Dusko Tosic will be deployable.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 1.66