We are back to post-weekend action with MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, with just a couple of picks for this evening.
One of the biggest derbies in Europe tees off on Monday Night as Besiktas take on Galatasaray. It is one of the fiercest derbies not the continent in terms of on-field performance as well as crowds going crazy.
Besiktas come into this game as the favourites as they sit on top of the table and their home ground advantage also has a little bit to do with it. Besiktas have won 4 out of the 7 games that they have played at home, while scoring 12 goals in the progress and conceding 9. The pressure of the fans has a little to do with it. They have been ruthless away from home winning 6 out of the 7, while scoring 20 goals. German International striker Mario Gomez has been leading the line this season contributing to 10 goals while Tore and Ozyakup have contributed 10 assists between them. Besiktas have been known to be an attacking team this season scoring over 2 goals per game; but their vulnerability at the back has seen them concede 1 goal on average every game.
Galatasaray have not had the best of starts sitting in 4th spot; 6 points behind their opponents who are leaders in Besiktas. Galatasaray have been leaking too many goals and that has seen them slip down the barrel especially since they have drawn a lot of games, 5 in 14 to be specific. Poor defence has seen them concede 8 games in their last 4 games, but still managing to compete scoring 11 in that time. Galatasaray away games have seen 25 goals in those 7 games; showing how they have struggled to handle the pressure away from home. Burak Yilmaz and Lukas Podolski have shared the scoring burden netting 14 goals between them while Sneijder and Sarioglu have been the ones creating the opportunities for them.
This game has always been a feisty one, and this year it has more significance since Galatasaray are quite far off the lead and will look to go from the get go and put the pressure on Besiktas to try and sneak some points. This game is always one of the most entertaining in the Turkish and European football calendar, so I recommend over 2.5 goals & BTTS; and a must watch for all you football fans out there.