Kick Off: Sunday 27th January
Live on Bet365 Streaming 5.00pm
The atmosphere will be tense this evening as current Turkish Super Lig champions Galatasaray welcome Besiktas to the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, knowing that the winner of this clash will automatically sit in 1st position in the league as the final whistle blows.
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The league table is dreadfully congested this season, which is an obvious sign that the smaller teams are beginning to improve their fortunes. Just 8 points separate Galatasaray in 1st and 8th placed Karabukspor. Besiktas are just 2 points behind the current pace setters.
So who can we expect to take the points today? With just 1 game played after the winter break, Galatasaray will be disappointed their first competitive game of 2013 finished with a 2-1 loss to Kasimpasa. Johan Elmander scored on 18 minutes to put the champions in front, but the lead lasted just 10 minutes, when The home side equalised. Kasimpasa then scored 5 minutes after the break and that’s the way it stayed, a 2-1 loss for Galatasaray.
Besiktas’ return was also a distinctly average one. They faced 10th placed Istanbul BB at home, but could only muster up a 2-2 draw; going behind early before taking the lead, and then conceding after 65 minutes to make it a point a piece.
Historically, games between Galatasaray and Besiktas have been very tough to call. Their 4 meetings in 2012 yielded
a win for each team and two draws.
Bet365 make the home side 8/11 which looks about right on balance. Besiktas can be backed at 7/2 to take the victory, with the draw an 11/4 chance.
The big news in this game will be the possible debut for ex Inter man Wesley Sneijder, who completed is £8m move last week. The Dutch winger is sure to trouble the Besiktas defence, and possibly be a crucial part of providing a win for Champions Galatasaray.