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Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray betting tips: Mission Impossible for desperate Galatasaray?

It’s a derby match Istanbul fans were very much waiting for. Current leaders Basaksehir host 4th Galatasaray at Fatih Terim Stadium. We preview this match that could see Galatasaray moving to 3rd. 

Event details

Who is playing?

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray

What competition is it?

Super Lig Matchweek 29

What time is Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray?

19:00 GMT, Sunday 28th June 2020

Where do Istanbul Basaksehir play? 

Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium, Istanbul

Where can I watch Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray?

BT Sport 1

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Thoughts on Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray

It’s derby time in Istanbul where leader Basaksehir will take on last year’s title winners Galatasaray. On paper, hosts are looking way better than guests, undefeated in nine games with chief hopes to make it 10 after the final whistle. We cannot say the same thing about The Yellow-Reds. The team has suffered a tremendous regress in the last games. They got only one point since Super Lig return in mid-June.

Fun fact: Former Galatasaray legend Okan Buruk manages Istanbul Basaksehir, whilst Fatih Terim manages Galatasaray, the man they named Basaksehir’s stadium after.

It will be a tough game for Galatasaray, with them being 7 points adrift of Basaksehir. The teams have already met this season when The Lions hosted their game at Turk Telekom Stadium. The match has ended 1-0 to Basaksehir that time. It’s fair to say Galatasaray desperately needs three points in this one with 5th in-form Besiktas breathing down their neck.

Basaksehir to maintain leaders?

It’s revenge time for Basaksehir. The team for two last consecutive seasons have back to back got very close to win a league by both times losing to 1st Galatasaray. The team was only 2 points adrift from winning the league last season. With them currently sitting on 59 points and 2nd Trabzonspor on 57, they can not afford to lose. In a worst-case scenario, the draw won’t be enough to keep them in 1st after this game week.

According to statistics, Basaksehir plays better at home. It should be a relief that the team are hosting the game as they are averaging 2.43 GPG, compared to 1.43 GPG away. Moreover, the team doesn’t give away points that easy as they’ve lost only once and drawn three times when playing at Fatih Terim Stadium. Only 3rd Sivasspor holds a better home record. All eyes should be on Edin Visca against Galatasaray, Basaksehir’s vitalist part of the squad. The Bosnian contributed to 21 league goals this season which is approximately 39% of 54 scored so far.

Injuries to be Galatasaray’s ball and chain?

The Yellow-Reds have been Super Lig’s champions for two consecutive seasons. Now the time has changed as they are drifting away from their very much desired 3rd consecutive Super Lig title. Galatasaray haven’t started their league return very well. The team was undefeated in 10 league games until 15th Caykur Rizespor beat them in the game since Super Lig resumption. After an embarrassing 2-0 defeat, The Yellow-Reds have also drawn 3-3 with 10th Gaziantep FK. The team needs to change things around If they think of qualifying to next season’s European Cups.

The 3-3 draw against Gaziantep last time out came as a shocker, as the team doesn’t lose that many goals at home or away. The only thing Galatasaray can be proud of this season is their defence. The team concedes the lowest in the league 0.89 goals per game all thanks to remarkable performance some players have put on.

However, lack of Radamel Falcao, Florin Andone, Fernando Muslera and most defenders being suspended or injured has put Galatasaray in a very uncomfortable position. Now everything is in Fatih Terim’s hands of how he will revive his out of form squad.

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Istanbul Basaksehir recent matches:

  • Ankaragucu (a) 1-2 win
  • Alanyaspor (h) 2-0 win
  • Trabzonspor (a) 1-1 draw
  • FC Copenhagen (h) 1-0 win
  • Goztepe (a) 0-3 win

Galatasaray recent matches:

  • Gaziantep (h) 3-3 draw
  • Rizespor (a) 2-0 defeat
  • Besiktas (h) 0-0 draw
  • Sivasspor (a) 2-2 draw
  • Genclerbirligi (h) 3-0 win

Top Scorers

Istanbul Basaksehir top scorers:

  • Edin Visca (Midfielder) – 10 Super Lig goals
  • Demba Ba (Forward) – 10 Super Lig goals

Galatasaray top scorers:

  • Radamel Falcao (Forward) – 10 Super Lig goals
  • Sofiane Feghouli (Midfielder) – 6 Super Lig goals

Previous Meetings

22nd November 2019 GAL 0-1 BAS Super Lig
19th May 2019 GAL 2-1 BAS Super Lig
15th December 2018 BAS 1-1 GAL Super Lig

Okan’s Betting Tip

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray Betting Tip

*Odds as of the time of writing (Friday 26th June) and subject to change.

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Okan is currently working on his bachelor degree from Business&Marketing in Football. Okan is a huge sports enthusiast and fan of both Galatasaray and Manchester United.

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