Besiktas vs Fenerbahce / Turkish Super Lig – Great derby in the Turkish championship takes place now under unusual circumstances as Fenerbahce has totally underperformed this season and occupies a place very close to the drop zone. Besiktas is the third and has even 15 points more. Still, the match is important for both teams. Besiktas won three previous matches, while Fenerbahce was eliminated from the Europa League. The two teams drew 1-1 in the first part of season.
Besiktas vs Fenerbahce begins 25.02.2019 at 19:00 CET
Besiktas hoped to win the title this season but before facing Fenerbahce it has nine points fewer than Basaksehir so it is not exactly a realistic objective any more. They have to accept battle for the second place where their greatest rival Galatasaray has three points more, which is why duel with another great adversary Fenerbahce is so important. Besiktas is in good shape and has five-game unbeaten streak out of which it won in three previous rounds. In the previous round they struggled against Malatyaspor despite having a player more for a larger part of the match. Ljajic scored the winning goal but he cannot play now as he is suspended.
Probable lineups Besiktas: Karius – Gonul, Vida, Isimat-Mirin, Caner Erkin – Hutchinson, Tokoz – Lens, Kagawa, Quaresma – Burak Yilmaz
This is a catastrophic season for Fenerbahce who justified expectations only in the group phase of the Europa League, but on last Thursday they finished their engagement there. They had managed to win Zenit 1-0 at home in the 1st leg but they were defeated in the 2nd leg by 3-1 and were eliminated. That is not Fenerbahce’s greatest problem as they are very close to get relegated from the elite Turkish football league, which would be a great embarrassment. They again played two matches in which they didn’t win, after managing to finally win two times in a row. Cigerci and Ekici are out of action due to injuries.
Probable lineups Fenerbahce: Demirel – Isla, Ciftpinar, Skrtel, Ali Kaldirim – Jailson, Topal – Moses, Zajc, Dirar – Soldado
Besiktas vs Fenerbahce PICK
Besiktas did much better this season than Fenerbahce although it doesn’t mean much in derbies. Still, the home team is in better shape and will not have understanding for problems of its bitter rival, so we expect Besiktas to win.
Pick: Besiktas wins
Odds: 1.80 at bethard (down to 1.70 can be played)
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