Giresunspor v Istanbulspor
The two teams in the relegation zone are facing each other this week. Home side Giresunspor are the team that scores the fewest goals, while Istanbulspor are the team that concedes the most goals in Super Lig. These two teams are in the last two places in the league’s xG chart. Both teams have very low offensive power, so they are playing to stay in the Super Lig. On the other hand, there is a huge difference between the teams right now.
Giresunspor did not win even one of their last 8 Super League matches. But when we consider the last two weeks, Giresunspor had a lot of chances to score and with 4.1 xG score, they are the best team after Galatasaray in the last two match weeks. The return of the key man Serginho had a positive effect, but it has not yet been reflected in the results. They played a good first half against Basaksehir last week, but they weren’t enough, but their form in the last games is definitely one of the best in the league.
Visitors Istanbulspor have lost 4 games in a row and conceded at least 2 goals in these games. Lastly, they were defeated by Fenerbahce by a score of 2-5, besides this result, the ineffectiveness of the game was disappointing for them. New coach Fatih Tekke is trying to change something in the team, but they are looking forward to the World Cup break. Istanbulspor has turned into a very vulnerable team, I don’t think they have a chance other than set pieces in this match.
Giresunspor’s game is getting better, increasing offensive activity will now turn into scores. They may not start the league again by winning this match.
Galatasaray v Besiktas
One of the big Istanbul derbies is taking the stage this week. Both teams did not get as good results as they wanted in the first quarter of the season. As Galatasaray continues to search for the right choices in starting 11, Beşiktaş played their first game with their new coach last week. If Galatasaray get bad results from the two games they will play until the World Cup break, a managerial change will be on the agenda for them as well.
Galatasaray got an easy win last week. They played comfortably against the opponent who received a red card in the early minutes of the match and the stressful away trip became easier. Also this week, the key players of the defense Abdulkerim Bardakci and Sacha Boey are returning to the team. Galatasaray, which had many scoring positions last week, are at the top of goal expectation with a value of 23.9 xG, despite only scoring 14 goals in the league. It can be expected that the gap between the goal opportunities and the score will close a little over time and Galatasaray will score more easily.
Beşiktaş are a team that can score goals much more easily and the style of play of new coach Senol Gunes is to score more goals. He played Wout Weghorst and Cenk Tosun together in his first match, and these two scored two goals each, allowing Besiktas to win 5-2. Even though the opponent was Umraniyespor at the bottom of the league, this score was important in terms of showing Besiktas’ offensive power. Also, although Englishman Dele Alli did not perform well, he was on the field for a long time, Senol Gunes probably will not give Dele Alli a chance at the starting 11 for a while. This shows that the team will be more resistant when Gedson Fernandes plays in the midfield.
There are no important missing players in Galatasaray. Rachid Ghezzal, who has been injured for a long time, is still absent from Besiktas. Galatasaray has to win and is good on offense, while Besiktas is confident that new coach Senol Gunes will find the formula to win this away derby. Both teams are strong offensively and the probability of a goal-scoring match is very high.
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