Our prediction for this Turkey Super Lig match:
Genclerbirligi and Besiktas face each other at Eryaman Stadium on the last day of the season. Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Sivasspor on Matchday 33, Genclerbirligi secured the Turkish Super Lig survival. The hosts have little to play for in Saturday’s football game, and it is no surprise they are seen as big underdogs. Attacker Sefa Yilmaz remains in the recovery room for the hosts.
Besiktas, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in the Turkish elite division. The black and whites missed out on a place in the Champions League, but thanks to a 2-0 victory over Fenerbahce they booked their place in the Europa League. Besiktas aim to overtake Sivasspor in the 3rd position in the standings, and given Genclerbirligi’s display in the 2-0 defeat to Sivasspor, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the capital club.
Highlighted Player (Oguzhan Ozyakup):
The 23-year-old Netherlands-born Turkish international Oguzhan Ozyakup is a midfielder who started his professional career at Premier League giants Arsenal. Ozyakup arrived to the London-based club as a schoolboy from AZ and went through Arsenal academy, before making his competitive debut in a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, when he supplied the assist for Yossi Benayoun in a 3-1 victory.
The Turkish international however failed to break into the first-team and was transferred to Besiktas in 2012. Turkey international has passed the 100-match mark for his club in 2016 and is considered one of the more experienced and most valuable players of the club, despite he is only 23 years of age.
The talented midfielder was subject of intense transfer speculation during the 2016 summer transfer window with Valencia reportedly expressing interest in signing the Turkish footballer, but Ozyakup remained at Besiktas and went on to extend his contract, which will keep him at the Vodafone Arena until 2018.
Highlighted Team (Besiktas):
Besiktas football club is one of the most successful teams in Turkey. Since its foundation in 1903, Besiktas have never been relegated to a lower rank of Turkish football. Black Eagles as they are known in Turkey play their matches at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul which is an almost 42,000 all-seater capacity venue.
Considered one of the top three football clubs in the country, Besiktas are the 14-time Super Lig champions who are entering the Champions League group stage in the 2016-17 season looking to make their presence known at the European scene. Besiktas have played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League four times already, and are yet to progress through to the knockout sgateg in the competition that was established in today’s format in 1992.
Their most outstanding European achievements of the Turkish side are the European Cup and UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1987 and 2003, respectively. During their rich history the Black Eagles have also won 9 Turkish Cups and 8 national Super Cup titles.