Besiktas vs Galatasaray by Neuro
Besiktas earned their seventh consecutive victory in Turkish league last weekend, as the team came with a 2:1 victory from visiting Konyaspor. However, it has to be said that the game was far from easy, actually that their hosts had much more of the ball possession and way more chances created, while the guests were more than lucky to take all three points.
Tore brought them into the lead in 20th minute, while Sosa wrote 2:0 in 58th minute, with hosts attacking in between. Besiktas stood with a man less in 84th minute when Hutchison got red carded, while the hosts exploited their penalty kick a minute later via Kabze. As said, it was their seventh consecutive victory, as the team continues to be at the first position, now with two points more than Fenerbahce and three points above Galatasaray. As for the Cup competition, they have two defeats in December, with the coach obviously changing and testing many players, resulting in poor results - but also, in key players being more ready for the league games. Midfielder Ugur Boral continues to be sidelined with a knee injury, with forward Mustafa Pektemek (10/1) being out with facial injury. Defensive midfielder Atiba Hutchison (20/0) is suspended, but the positive news is that their striker, Demba Ba has fully recovered from toe injury. Sivok and Kavlak are doubtful, but should be ready till the kick off.
Galatasaray broke a streak of four victories in all competitions, with a 1:1 draw on the road against Genclerbirligi last weekend. Generally, the team shared impressions and ball possession during the ninety minutes and the draw stands out as a fair result in this encounter.
Visiting side got the lead in 19th minute with a goal from Colak, while the hosts equalized in the second part, in 71st minute with a goal from Stancu. Till the end of the game, neither of the teams took full risk in order to search for the second goal. With their first draw away from home, Galatasaray remained at the third position, being three points away from the leading position, but also five points away from fourth placed Basaksehir. Striker Goran Pandev (5/0) has been ruled out with an injury. Offensive midfielders Wesley Sneijder and Blerim Dzemaili are doubtful, but with chances to play, same as another midfielder, Hamit Altintop and central defender Semih Kaya.
Even though Galatasaray upped their performances in last couple of weeks, they are still conceding goals with ease. Besiktas seems to be in just fine form at the moment and have every reason to be set as favorite here. Draw can't be excluded, but the hosts are surely closer to all three points this time.