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Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahce 02.11.2018 – Turkish Super Lig

Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahce / Turkish Super Lig – At the start of the 11th round of the Turkish Super Lig we have one of greatest European derbies, given that two bitter city rivals meet, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. Reigning champion Galatasaray is in better position given that it currently occupies the third place in the table and has even 10 points more than 15th-placed Fenerbahce. Regarding their head-to-head played last season, it is interesting that both had ended as goalless draws.

Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahce begins 02.11.2018 at 19:00 CET


More important fact for Galatasaray is that it didn’t win Fenerbahce in the Super Lig  since October 2014 and the team should be very well motivated on Friday evening to win all three points. True, team led by manager Terim didn’t make a name for itself in two previous Super Lig rounds when it merely drew at home with Bursaspor 1-1 and lost away to Malatyaspor 2-0. In the same period it also only drew with German Schalke 04 0-0 at home in the Champions League.

In the same competition Galatasaray outclassed Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 at home and lost to Porto 2-0 away, so they are still in the race for the knockout phase. On the other hand, after two consecutive mishaps they moved down at the third place in the table and have two points fewer than leading Basaksehir. Defender Mariano cannot play against Fener due to accrued yellow cards, while defenders Aziz and Negatomo, midfielders Fernando and Akbaba, and forwards Derdiyok, Onyekuru and Feghouli are injured.

Probable lineups Galatasaray: Muslera – Linnes, Maicon,Kabak, Bayram – Donk, Ndiaye – Gumus, Belhanda, Rodrigues – Celik


The second great Istanbul team, Fenerbahce, is in even gloomier mood ahead of the city derby than its rivals given that it has five-game winless streak in the Turkish championship, which pulled them down almost to the drop zone. Right now Fenerbahce is positioned right above the red line and occupies the 15th place, having just one point more than Rizespor and Ahisar, while the last placed Erzurumspor has just two points fewer than great Fenerbahce.

Right because of all this no one was surprised when Dutch coach Cocu was fired after the latest home defeat by Ankaragucu 1-3 and the team will be led in the derby with Galatasaray by his former assistant Omerovic. Fenerbahce plays variably in the Europa League too and in first three rounds it won one, drew one and lost one match. Let’s add that due to injuries currently out of action midfielders Topal, Cigerci and Ekici, while forward Slimani has five yellow cards and will skip Friday’s match.

Probable lineups Fenerbahce: Tekin – Ozbayrakli, Neustadter, Skrtel, Kaldirim – Jailson, Elmas – Ayew, Benzia, Valbuena – Soldado

Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahce PICK

Although both teams are in fairly bad shape and are many of their players are incapacitated ahead of the city derby, we expect that the circumstance will be an additional motive for both of them, which is why we would play on goals on both sides of the pitch.

Pick: both teams to score

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.87 at bethard (down to 1.80 can be played)

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