Kick Off: Friday 8th March
Live on Bet365 streaming 6.00pm
Galatasaray sit top of the Turkish Super Lig as we enter the business end of the season, and Fatih Terim’s side will be looking to stretch their lead to 8 points this evening when they welcome Genclerbirligi to the Turk Telekom Arena.
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Their defence of the Super Lig is obviously of huge importance to Galatasaray, but I’m pretty certain that their crucial clash with Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday will be on the minds of the squad, and Genclerbirligi may feel they have a better chance than ever to take 3 points from a team that have lost just once this season on home turf.
Genclerbirligi will need to step back up to the form of a couple of months ago if they plan to raid Galatasaray though, as their recent performances have left a lot to be desired. With just 1 win in their last 5 Super Lig games, they occupy 9th position in the table and are stuck in no mans land. Relegation is not an issue but they are just too far off the pace to be challenging anywhere near the top.
That said, Genclerbirligi very nearly beat Galatasaray in the reverse fixture played in mid October last year. 3-2 up with just 5 minutes to go, they finally succumbed to the pressure with Hakan Balta grabbing a late leveller.
The Turk Telekom Arena poses a completely different challenge though, and bookies Bet365 rate Galatasaray 2/5 chances to take the spoils this evening. Visitors Genclerbirligi can be backed at 7/1 to cause a shock, and the draw is available at an attractive looking 7/2.
With the game being streamed live on Bet365 it may pay to watch the opening exchanges before placing your bets, as Genclerbirligi can be a difficult side to break down. That said, a Galatasaray side performing the way they have been recently should really be taking the win without too many problems.
If you’re looking for a first goalscorer bet, the natural choice must be Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, who has scored in 4 consecutive games. He’s priced up at 7/2 to hit the first goal.
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