Turkish Delight - Besiktas vs Galatasaray
The biggest soccer game in Turkey is the match between the nation's two most successful clubs, and once again Besiktas will take on Galatasary in a crucial Turkish Super Lig matchup. We take a look at the odds and likely result, plus provide tips on how you can bet on soccer.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray Betting
- 01Derby History
- 02Latest Results
- 03Besiktas vs Galatasaray - Sunday December 2nd
- 04Prediction and Tips
- 05Turkis Super Lig Outright Market
Besiktas and Galatasaray have come up against each other in 240 official matches since they first clashed in 1924, and the overall record is as close as you would expect from such a fierce rivalry.
In total, Galatasaray have the upper hand with 87 wins, while Besiktas is only just behind with 82. There have also been 71 draws in the fixture, which shows just how close the teams are.
In the Super Lig, there is a slightly bigger margin - Besiktas have won 34 times compared to Galatasaray's 44 victories. The draw is the second-most popular result here (42).
In terms of goals, it is also quite close. Galatasaray lead the way with 334 goals, while Besiktas have 317 goals from the 240 games.
This derby has ebbed and flowed throughout history, and interestingly there have been very few draws in Super Lig matches over the last few years (just six of the last 30).
Galatasaray won the last match, recording a 2-0 victory at home in April 2018, although Besiktas won four of the last five prior to that match and kept three clean sheets.
Yet prior to that, Galatasaray went on a streak of five consecutive victories, including an overall run of ten matches without loss to Besiktas (7 wins, 3 draws). As you can see, it has become one of the most unpredictable fixtures in soccer.
Besiktas vs Galatasaray - Sunday December 2nd
Galatasaray and Besiktas come into this weekend's crucial derby in third and fourth respectively, so it really is a must win considering only first-place gets an automatic Champions League spot for next season. Besiktas are three points behind although potentially could overtake their rivals with a win, and it certainly looks as though the leading online sports betting sites are leaning towards a home victory.
Besiktas start as hot favourites, paying -130 for the win, while Galatasaray are all the way out at +375. The draw is available for +275.
Prior form is hard to pick at the moment, considering both teams have had mixed results in the league recently. Galatasaray won their last away match 3-0 although were held at home 1-1 in their last match. Besiktas meanwhile lost their last home fixture 2-1, although responded with a 4-1 win away in their most recent game.
Both teams have not scored in the last ten games between the pair, which of course means there have been 8 clean sheets in this fixture during that time.
Prediction and Tips
Besiktas may be the heavy favourite, although we are looking at the draw as a value pick in this fixture.
We expect goals, and our pick would have to be the overs in this match (over +2.5). Both sides have been on form in this area so far this season.
In terms of scoreline, we are going to pick a 2-2 draw, the same result that occurred in the September 2016 fixture between the clubs at the same venue.
Turkis Super Lig Outright Market
Galatasaray and Besiktas are still well in the hunt for the Turkish league title, although the favourite at the moment is Istanbul BB, who are +100 to win the league and currently sit six points clear of Galatasaray at the top.
Kasimpasa have started the season well and sit in second-place on the table, but the bookies don't rate them a chance (they are priced above +2000).
Galatasaray are currently +200 and Besiktas +330 to win the league. Given their dominance over the history of the division they certainly represent good value in the race for first place.
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