Kick Off: Sunday 12th May
Live on Bet365 streaming 6.00pm BST
With an action packed day of football in England, your eyes may have scouted through the fixture list and missed a great game in Turkey this Sunday. At 6PM, 1st play 2nd in the Super Lig as Fenerbahce take on Galatasaray and the action is live on Bet365’s live streaming, making it all the more entertaining.
With only 2 games remaining and 10 points separating the two, you may be forgiven for thinking that Galatasaray will turn up and play for entertainment purposes, but you’d be wrong.
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This game is a battle of the two finest sides in Turkey and the Kitalar Arasi Derby (or Intercontinental Derby as we may call it) always produces a spectacle to behold. They’ve already met two times this season in the Super Cup and in the League, both produced goals (2-1 and 3-2) and both produced entertainment that only the Turkish league can.
While the season may be over for Galatasaray, sealing their return to the Champions League next season, for Fenerbahce, if they were to better the result of Besiktas this weekend, they would be guaranteed a Champions League qualifier spot. A loss on the other hand coupled with a Besiktas win could see the teams level on points with only a few goals deciding who gets the Champions League and who has to settle for the Europa league going into the final game of the season next weekend. Galatasaray certainly won’t lie down and take a defeat here though against their neighbours by any means.
With only 3 defeats at home in the league this season, Fenerbahce aren’t going to be pushovers here either. Galatasaray haven’t won here in 14 years and since that 1-2 win in 1999, the two have met 15 times here with Fenerbahce winning 11 of those and 4 ending in a draw.
That doesn’t tell the whole story though as the tide has been turning recently. The last 3 meetings between them at Fenerbahce have all ended in a draw and it would be no shock to anyone if we saw a similar result this evening.
Fenerbahce’s performance this season both in the Europa League and in their domestic campaign has certainly earned them a few fans, me included.
Juggling a congested fixture list and still managing impressive performances in both competitions can’t have been easy and it would be great to see a side like this in The Champions League next season. Regardless of the result on Sunday though, they can be proud of their achievements this season and I’ll certainly be tuning in to witness a derby that should be feisty, full of goals and full of action.