Kick Off: Monday 24th September
Live on Bet365 6.00pm
Fenerbahce have not lost a home game in over 40 matches, and this evening they welcome Trabzonspor, who have yet to ever take a victory away from the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
Such is Fenerbahce’s dominance at home, they have won 33 games out of their last 40 domestically in a run of form which dates all the way back to February 2010.
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Trabzonspor have failed in their last 15 attempts when visiting Istanbul, and it looks like they have an enormous task ahead of them today if they are going to turn things around.
In terms of finishing positions last season, Trabzonspor will feel they have a chance of competing here. Trabzonspor finished just 12 points and 1 position behind Fenerbahce in 3rd place last term, although it must be said that Trabzonspor lost on both occasions they played Fenerbahce in 2011/12.
Trabzonspor seem to save their best performances for home fans. In 2011/12, they won just 5 of their 17 road games, and have started in a similar vein of form this term. They have already drawn 1-1 at Kardemir, before losing 1-0 at Gaziantepspor (Who Fenerbahce have already beaten 3-0).
Fenerbahce have started in typical style at home with 2 out of 2 victories, but 2 draws on the road see them 5 points behind arch rivals Galatasaray at this early stage of the season, although a win over Trabzonspor will lift them to within 2 points and level games with Galatasaray.
Bet365 make Fenerbahce short priced favourites at odds of 13/20 to win the game, and in all honesty, I would still say there is a bit of value at them odds. Trabzonspor can be backed at 4/1, with the draw priced up at 14/5.
One big spanner in the works for this match is that only women and children can attend this game due to a ruling by the Turkish FA that no adult male can attend a game between the top 4 Turkish teams this season.
However, this is unlikely to benefit the visitors much, and we should expect another victory from Fenerbahce in their fortress.