Turkish Super Lig / Besiktas vs Istanbul Basaksehir – This was the city that shaped the title race last season and now it is match between two teams positioned in the bottom half of the table. After four matches Besiktas and Basaksheir have won the same number of points and they clearly disappointed their fans. Besides, both teams had a dreadful start in the Europa League where they have suffered heavy defeats. Last season, Besiktas won Basaksheir at home by 2-1.
Game Besiktas vs Istanbul Basaksehir begins 23.09.2019 at 19:00 CET
Given Besiktas ambitions that it has in every season this is definitely a very weak start and the pressure is certainly increasing. They won only once in first four rounds and lost both away matches when they received three goals in each of them. They also draw at home with Rizespor and that was also a failure. It is hard to characterise match of the European League first round against Slovan in Bratislava where they took a lead 2-1 after a turnaround but then completely fell apart and lost by 5-2. Vida and Elneny are suspended and cannot play but good news is that Burak Yilmaz is ready and he should be a starter.
Probable lineups Besiktas: Karius – Gonul, Ruiz, Roco, Caner Erkin – Hutchinson, Tokoz – Diaby, Ljajic, Nkoudou – Burak Yilmaz
We got accustomed in previous seasons that Basaksehir is positioned in the top of the Turkish Super League and indeed last season they were really close to win the title but they lost steam in the finish of season and Galatasaray managed to overtake them. It’s seems that has mentally broken this team and they are far and away from the top of table in the new season. They won only once, Genclerbirligia 2-1 two rounds ago after two consecutive defeats. In the previous round they mere drew at home with Sivaspor 1-1. Basaksehir was eliminated from the Champions League qualifications and they suffered a true debacle in the Europa League on last Thursday when Roma defeated them by 4-0 away. Many things are not as they are supposed to be. Out of action is forward Elia due to injury.
Probable lineups Istanbul Basaksehir: Gunok – Caicara, Skrtel, Epureanu, Clichy – Topal – Visca, Kahveci, Tekdemir, Robinho – Crivelli
Betting Pick: Besiktas vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Neither of the two teams plays well but we expect that Besiktas awakens from the stupor earlier than its rival. Their manager is former Basaksheir strategist and playing at home is a significant advantage, so the guests cannot do more than to draw, which would be in fact a great success in this situation.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Besiktas
Odds: 1.70 at bet365 (down to 1.60 can be played)
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