Kick Off: Sunday 17th February
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Third placed Fenerbahce visit Trabzonspor this Sunday afternoon in a bid to narrow the ever increasing lead fierce rivals Galatasaray are building at the top of the table.
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Currently 9 points behind leaders Galatasaray, Aykut Kocaman’s side will need to find some consistency if they are to launch a bid for the 2012/3 title, but they can start by beating a very average Trabzonspor side that have won only 2 of their last 6 games and sit in 11th position in the Super Lig with just 2 wins in their last 6 games.
Nobody quite knows what is causing giants Fenerbahce to slip up so often this season, but the silly dropped points are really beginning to affect their title challenge, but a win here would at least see them leapfrog Besiktas into 2nd position and could be the start of some renewed hope.
Trabzonspor, in their favour, don’t concede many goals at home and have one of the leanest defences in the league – they’ve conceded just 11 goals on home turf in their 11 games so far this term.
With Fenerbahce not hitting the back of the net with the consummate ease we are used to, the Turkish giants may have trouble breaching their opponents goal. It’s worth pointing out at this stage that Fenerbahce have scored a feeble 4 goals in their last 5 competitive fixtures- their most recent being an under-par 0-0 draw with Bate Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday.
William Hill, who are showing the game live via its live streaming service, have real trouble separating these two teams in the betting- making Trabzonspor the extremely narrow favourites at 8/5, with Fenerbahce a 13/8 chance with the draw an option at 21/10.
This game really could go either way, and it may pay dividends to watch some of the action live and inplay before diving into the betting markets. With plenty of markets to choose from while watching the game it should soon become apparent where the value lies.
Personally my pre game fancy is under 2.5 goals at 8/11 with William Hill. With Trabzonspor’s good defence combining with Fenerbahce’s lack of recent goals we could be in for a testing 90 minutes without too much goalmouth action.