Our prediction for this Turkey Super Lig match:
All eyes will be on Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium when Istanbul Basaksehir and Galatasaray face each other in the Supe Lig derby. Thanks to a 2-1 win at Ankaragucu, Istanbul climbed to the top position in the standings, with the team keeping their 100% record intact after the coronavirus football break. Okan Buruk’s men need to keep on raising their form if they are to regain the trophy, and, no doubt, the game against Galatasaray will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
As before, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Bosnia international Edin Visca, who is enjoying a season to remember. Galata, on the other hand, continue life without injured first-choice goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, and seeing that Florin Andone (injury) and Ahmet Calik (suspension) are out of contention as well, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the league leaders.
Highlighted Player (Martin Skrtel):
Martin Skrtel is without a doubt one of Slovakia’s most famous footballers and with over 80 appearances for the national team, he is also one of their most capped players. Following a bright start to his career at Trencin, the powerful defender secured a move to Zenit, where he would go on to spend next three and a half years.
But, it was the £6.5 million transfer to Liverpool in January 2008 that put him on the map and ensured he would be remembered by football fans everywhere. Known for his uncompromising style of play that often got him into trouble, Skrtel enjoyed some success at Anfield, and even though major titles eluded him and his teammates, the centre-back scored in the 2011/2012 League Cup final to help the Reds lift the coveted trophy.
The Slovakian defender has so far made over 240 Premier League appearances for one of England’s most famous clubs and he has also been a real rock at the back for the Slovakian national team. Skrtel has missed very few competitive matches for his country after making his debut back in 2004, and he started four fixtures at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1.
The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game.
In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.