Besiktas had the worst possible warm up for a meeting of two title rivals, following their 5-0 drubbing in the Champions League in midweek. The Turkish champions were a revelation in the opening half of the European campaign, topping their group with some excellent displays. Hopes were high for them ahead of their tie with Bayern Munich, especially with the second leg in Istanbul. However, their heavy defeat puts an end to any chance of an upset, so they have to regroup and switch focus to retaining the Super Lig title.
Winning the league once again is going to be a tall order, with four sides in the running to top the table. Besiktas are currently the fourth horse in that race, with five points between them and Istanbul Basaksehir. Both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are just two points off the top, with all four sides going in to the weekend with a +20 goal difference. Things are clearly tight, but will Fener fall behind in the title race with a defeat in this trip?
Heading to the champions is bound to be a tough test for Fener, regardless of the result in midweek. Prepare to see this clash repeated a few times in the coming weeks, as they have a two-legged cup encounter coming up. However, the first meeting is huge in the title race, as Besiktas can ill-afford another defeat in this one. They need to string together a run of victories in order to lift the title once again, but this is a tough game to try and start off a title charge.
The visitors have got a great attacking record this season, so they should prove to be a threat in this clash. Fener have scored in 82% of their away trips this season, averaging two goals per game across the league campaign. Meanwhile, the hosts have built their title charge on their home form – with 59% of their points coming at the Vodafone Arena. The champions have scored 2.4 goals per game at their own ground, and they’ve found the net in 90% of their league games, so we doubt that Fener can keep a clean sheet in this trip.
The visitors have conceded in 73% of their league games this term, so they don’t exactly have the most secure defence as it is. However, the visitors do have a great scoring record at Besiktas which they’ll be desperate to maintain. They’ve scored in their previous six trips to their city rivals, so we’re backing both teams to score in this clash on Sunday. We’re also going with a 2-1 win for the champions, who have won 70% of their home matches this season.
Head To Head
Recent meetings between these two have been quite close, with the last six here seeing two wins each and two draws.
Besiktas vs Fenerbahce Stats
- Besiktas are unbeaten in their last 37 home games in the league.
- The hosts have scored twice or more in 10 of their previous 12 home Super Lig outings.
- Over 2.5 goals has landed in 64% of Besiktas matches.