Kick Off: Sunday 14th April
Live on Bet365 Streaming 5.00pm BST
With Besiktas picking up a few poor results recently, 2nd placed Fenerbahce look to secure their Europa League spot for next season as they currently sit 6 points clear of 3rd place.
With an upcoming tie against Benfica in the Europa League semi-finals, their priorities may lie elsewhere, but they’ve done an exceptionally good job of juggling a busy calendar this season as progression into the final stages of a European competition has had little effect on their league campaign.
Today, Fenerbahce welcome 8th placed Eskişehirspor to Istanbul and this will be no walkover by any means. The away side have lost only 3 of their last 15 games in the league and are a stubborn side at times. They’ve already travelled to league leaders Galatasaray and 3rd placed Besiktas this season and picked up a point from both so though the bookies may have Fenerbahce firm favourites for this clash, hold onto your wallet for just a few seconds…
Fenerbahce’s form this season has no doubt been sensational. They were underdogs in many of their Europa League games and don’t rule them out of giving Benfica a tough time in the semi-finals. In their 14 home games this season they have been beaten only 3 times, winning 9 of those games, but they do have a habit of leaking a goal or two. Their only clean sheet in their last 10 home games was against 2nd from bottom Akhisar Belediyespor and though they may score for fun at times, it’s this defensive vulnerability which could well cost them today.
With live streaming on Bet365, if you’re considering a bet on the Europa league semi-final, it may be worth watching Fenerbahce in their domestic competition to see how they perform. I have a keen interest in the Turkish side in Europe this season so I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on them closely in the lead up to the big game in a few weeks time.
If Fenerbahce can see off an organised outfit such as Eskişehirspor who set out to purposely frustrate their opponents into defeat, then they may be taking the right mindset over to Portugal in what is no doubt a tougher but more lucrative fixture.