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Things all look very tight at the top of the Turkish Super Lig, and it will come as no surprise that current title holders Galatasaray sit top of the pile. However Fenerbahce, who are so used to be either top or immediately challenging for top place, can be found down in 5th position as they travel to face Gaziantepspor.
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Fenerbahce must blame their situation on their poor away form. Aykut Kocaman’s team have won just 2 games on the road this season, a very disappointing return from 8 games played.
Of these 8 games, Fenerbahce have drawn 5 and lost 1. Checking results, they clearly have problems finishing off their opponents when on the road, and it may be the same story against Gaziatepspor here.
Such is the tightness of the Turkish Super League, Gaziantepspor are all the way down in 14th position in the table, but are only 12 points adrift of top club Galatasaray!
- Gaziantepspor 7/2
- Draw 11/4
- Fenerbahce 8/11
Looking at head to head clashes, Fenerbahce have enjoyed some good wins when travelling to Gaziantep, but these were going back into the mid 2000’s. The home side actually won 3 consecutive league meetings between 2008 and 2010, so we can expect both sides to be full of confidence.
Fenerbahce obviously have the class to take the victory back to Istanbul, but they will have to understand what it is that is stopping them form closing out games away from home. The visitors approach this game in good form – unbeaten in their last 5 games in all competitions, with two good wins over Bursaspor in the last month.
Gaziantepspor, who are normally very strong at home, have lost 3 of their last 5 at home which is rather uncharacteristic, so it may be worth siding with Fenerbahce here.