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Galatasaray were granted yet another helping hand towards claiming the Turkish Super League title yesterday, as Fenerbahce crumbled to a fourth consecutive away loss when defeated by Eskisehirspor. As it stands before this game Galatasaray are 6 points clear with a game in hand over their closest rivals, who seem intent on throwing their chances away.
Fatih Terim’s side have been a model of consistency this season, and have held their nerve while teams around them have lost theirs. The manner in which they have been playing recently suggests that Besiktas won’t be able to cope with the Turkish giants.
Besiktas have been hot on the heels of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce all season, but the constant pressure seems to have taken its toll on their recent performances; They’ve won just one 1 of their last 5 league games and are effectively out of the chase for title honours.
They have however progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League, beating Portuguese side Braga over 2 legs, even after losing 0-1 at home.
The two sides fought out a tough 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture back in November last year, and both will be keen to take the 3 points here.
Galatasaray have to be fancied to continue their fantastic form and widen the margin at the top of the league to 9 points.
Goals are coming from everywhere for the home team, and 32 year old striker Necati Ates is the latest player to put on his shooting boots. He’s only featured in 3 games since signing from Antalyaspor but has grabbed 3 goals.
Besiktas are trailing Galatasaray by 11 points in the league, and although sitting in 3rd position, they realistically have no chance of catching today’s opponents.
Galatasaray have the recent form and momentum required to beat Besiktas here and confirm themselves as the best team in Turkey this season.