Kick Off: Monday 5th March
Live on Bet365 streaming 6.00pm
Galatasaray visit Sivasspor this evening searching for a win that will confirm them as extremely strong favourites for the Turkish Super League title. While the teams positioned immediately behind them have been slipping up and dropping points, Galatasaray have held their nerve in fantastic fashion, winning game after game and stretching their lead to six points at the top of the table, with this evening’s match an opportunity to go nine points clear of bitter rivals Fenerbahce.
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Sivasspor will pose a very tough test for Galatasaray at the Eylul Stadium however. Sitting in 6th position in the league, Sivasspor have lost just once at home so far, and that was all the way back in their first game of the season.
A 2-0 win over Fenerbahce in November, and a 1-1 draw with 4th placed Besiktas in February prove that Sivasspor can mix it with the toughest opponents, and Galatasaray will have to call for one of their best efforts to take a victory here.
Galatasaray can take comfort in the fact that they are the best performing team in the league while on their travels. With 8 wins and just 2 losses in their 14 away games, they will feel that their current form should be enough to guarantee at least a point from this game.
The goals have been flowing from numerous sources amongst the Galatasaray ranks. Former Bolton striker Johan Elmander is man of the moment, scoring twice in the 3-2 win over Besiktas 10 days ago.
Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo has also been contributing; grabbing 4 goals in his last 8 games to take his tally to 8 for the season.
Galatasaray are finding that all important next gear at exactly the right time of the season, and their current form is proving too good for anyone to match.
Sivasspor are a very strong team on home turf, but Galatasaray are finding that little bit extra than their opponents at present, and a win here would really concrete their title claims.
Galatasaray beat today’s opponents 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in November, but they are in much better form now and will fancy their chances of doing the double over Sivasspor.
Bookmakers Bet365 make Galatasaray the 6/5 favourites to win this match, with home team Sivasspor available at 11/5 to collect their 8th home win of the season.
A tough match ensues, but Galatasaray are in flying form and can make it pay by beating tonight’s opponents.