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Galatasaray vs Besiktas prediction, odds and free betting tips (08/05/2021)

The Istanbul Derby takes place this weekend between two of the three most successful sides in Turkish football. Besiktas are looking to consolidate their first league title in 3 years while Gala look to stifle their rivals’ potential league triumph.

Galatasaray vs Besiktas free betting tips for the game

Two fierce rivals meet in this compelling Turkish league tie:

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing. Check your bet slip before confirming.

Total Goals Over/Under: Under 2.5 Goals

Both teams are the two highest-scoring teams in the league, with Besiktas first and Galatasaray second. Besiktas have 2.3 goals per game this season, while Gala have scored 2.1. However, with regards to this game specifically, it tends to be a low-scoring affair. None of the last 5 games have seen over 2 goals scored in total by both teams. The rivalry has been cagey recently; that trend will most likely continue this weekend.

Besiktas Win

The Black Eagles have won 3 of the last 5 games between the two Instanbul teams, losing only once. Besiktas are also unbeaten in their last 5 home games domestically, and are currently in first place in the Turkish league with a 4-point gap on second placed Fenerbahce. The latter point is mentioned as it means there is less pressure on Besiktas to win this tie in order to win the league, and less nerves will lead to more composed play throughout the game from the champions-elect.

Double Chance: Galatasaray or Besiktas

A draw in this tie has only occurred 19% of the time historically, meaning it’s unlikely to occur. Furthermore, only one of the last 5 games between the two teams has ended in a tie. Lastly, both teams come into the tie in good form, being unbeaten in their last 5 games each. Either Gala or Besiktas will prefer to win for bragging rights as well as to either secure or disrupt the title race in the last few games of the 2020/21 season.

Galatasaray vs Besiktas Preview and Team News

Galatasaray

Gala have a major absence coming into this game, as well as missing some rotational players. Congolese centre-back Christian Luyindama will likely be unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions, and will be a big miss as he has played over 1500 league minutes for the Turkish giants this season. Forward Henry Onyekuru and backup goalkeeper Faith Ozturk will also be unavailable due to a muscle injury to the former and COVID in the latter’s case.

Besiktas

The Black Eagles will be missing some key players for the derby, with the team’s second top-scorer in the league this season, Vincent Aboubakar (15 goals) likely out of this tie due to a thigh injury. Central midfielder Oghuzan Ozyakup will also be unable to feature due to a muscle problem. Besiktas have a dearth of strikers at the moment, with on-loan striker Cenk Tosun also injured along with Aboubakar. However, Canadian Cyle Larin is their top scorer this season with 19 league goals and he is available to play.

Best Odds and Stats on Galatasaray vs Besiktas 

Turkey Super Lig
Galatasaray
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Besiktas
May 8, 2021
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Galatasaray vs Besiktas

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2 - 0
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0 - 0
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1 - 0
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05/05/19
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2 - 0
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7 - 0
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3 - 1
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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Galatasaray vs Besiktas 

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Where is the match scheduled?

The Turk Telecom Stadium is the location for the game, home to Galatasaray. It has a capacity of 52,223 people.

When does this match kick off?

The game begins at 5:30pm GMT on Saturday May 8 2021.

Which team is considered the favorite to win?

Galatasaray are the bookmakers’ favorites for this game with odds of 13/10.