Kick Off: Saturday 12th May
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Turkish football fans are waiting with baited breath for this huge last day of the season clash between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, in which the winner will claim the Turkish Super League Championship.
After a long hard season which has seen Galatasaray sit in pole position for large periods of time, Fenerbahce have really turned on the style, creating the most anticipated fixture in Turkish football history.
Galatasaray looked as if they would claim their first title in four years with ease as we drew to the play-off stage of the season, but after a few nervy moments and points dropped, The Lions find themselves in the position of needing to get at least a draw at the Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul against an in-form Fenerbahce side that will draw strength from their home fans and be going all out to secure three points and back-to-back titles.
Fatih Terim knows his side have history against them in the build up to this huge clash. Galatasaray’s last win at Fenerbahce was all the way back in December 1999.
While Galatasaray need just a point to claim the title which fans have desperately craved after four terrible seasons of underachievement, they know that Fenerbahce are playing the better football at present, and defensive tactics by the visitors could be a disaster waiting to happen.
Fenerbahce’s only loss in the last two and a half months came when losing 1-0 at Besiktas 10 days ago, but their home form has been of the very highest order this season.
Sixteen wins and three draws from 19 games played at the Saracoğlu Stadium make them the most formidable home team in Turkey. Their tally of 43 goals scored and just 13 conceded give them the edge in this tie, although Galatasaray will draw faith from the fact that they held their opponents to a 2-2 draw when they visited just under two months ago; an 83rd minute Hakan Balta equaliser sharing the points between the two giant clubs.
After a complete staffing turnaround and lots of money spent, Galatasaray are on the verge of becoming the Turkish champions under the guidance of Lions talisman Fatih Terim, but the task at Fenerbahce is a formidable one.
Tension couldn’t be higher in this last day of the season title decider, it just remains to be seen if Fenerbahce can continue their fine home form under this kind of pressure, or if Galatasaray can hold their nerve and get the point they need to celebrate in style.
Selected Bet365 Odds
Fenerbahce to win 2-1 : 8/1
Galatasaray to win 1-0 : 10/1
Both teams to score : 8/13
1-1 draw : 11/2
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