Fenerbahce vs Besiktas / Superliga – The last match in the sixth round of the strongest Turkish league brings us one of the biggest Istanbul derbies, between Fenerbahce and Besiktas. Otherwise, Fener is welcoming this match from the 11th place of Superliga table and four points less than the fourth Besiktas, while last week Fener was defeated at home and Besiktas celebrated on their field. On the other hand, Fener was more successful in the Turkish Cup last year, while both of their duels in the championship ended up with a victory of the host.
Fenerbahce vs Besiktas begins 24.09.2018 at 20:00 CET
However, the team of Fenerbahce will obviously have to give their best if they want to reach a home victory over Besiktas, given that this big city derby comes in a very unpleasant time. Namely, coach Cocu's players were defeated four days ago at the start of Europa League with 4-1 against Dinamo Zagreb, while they were eliminated in August in the third qualifying round of the Portuguese Champions League.
In addition, they have been opened their domestic championship very badly because they have only celebrated in the first and fifth round, while they were defeated three times between that, so it is no surprise that there is even more talk about the express departure of coach Cocu. But for now he is still there and he will with Fener try to redeem to their fans with a victory in this great derby with Besiktas, for which he only cannot count on the injured defender Kaldirim and midfielder Cigerci.
Probable lineups Fenerbahce: Tekin – Ozbayrakli, Neustadter, Skrtel, Koybasi – Jailson, Topal – Ayew, Benzia, Chahechouhe – Slimani
Unlike Fener, the team of Besiktas has routinely celebrated at home with 3-1 over the Norwegian Sarpsborg on Thursday night at the start of Europa League, while they eliminated three more teams in the previous tournament, including Partizan in Belgrade. When it comes to their domestic championship, coach Gunes’ players have so far made three victories, one draw and one defeat, so they are currently holding the fourth place on the table and have only three points less than the leading Basakhahir.
All this tells us that they are welcoming this great Istanbul derby much more relaxed than their rivals, especially since they would be even satisfied with a draw considering their current situation on the table. However, Gunes has emphasized that they will not only defend themselves against Fener, which was certainly a bit shaken after their defeat in Zagreb, while Besiktas on the other hand was in a series of three wins and one draw. We should also add that only the injured defender Adriano and the suspended midfielder Medel are out of action for this match.
Probable lineups Besiktas: Karius – Gonul, Vida, Pepe, Erkin – Ozyakup, Uysal – Quaresma, Ljajic, Babel – Vagner Love
Fenerbahce vs Besiktas PICK
Even though the team of Besiktas is currently in a better shape, we also have to know that Fenerbahce is always especially motivated in these Istanbul derbies, which is why we have decided to give a mild advantage to the host, but also because of those four points behind on the table of Turkish Superliga table.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Fenerbahce
Odds: 1.80 at 888sport (down to 1.73 can be played)
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