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Fenerbahce vs. Besiktas: Preview, Predictions & Betting Odds

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Fenerbahce vs. Besiktas: Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

This Saturday’s clash between Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş at Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium not only stokes the fires of one of Turkish football's fiercest rivalries but also carries substantial weight in the context of the Turkish Süper Lig’s current season. With only a handful of matches remaining, the outcome of this game could be pivotal in determining the final league standings, particularly affecting the title chase and European qualification.

Date: 27/04/2024

Kick-off time: 17:00

Location: Şükrü Saracoğlu

Fenerbahçe, sitting 2nd in the league with 85 points from 32 matches, are in a tight race for the title, trailing the leaders, Galatasaray, by a mere two points. The team from Istanbul have displayed formidable form throughout the season, although a recent setback in European competition, where they were eliminated from the Europa Conference League by Olympiakos on penalties, has been a bitter pill to swallow. This disappointment, however, must be compartmentalised as Fenerbahçe can ill-afford any slip-ups in their pursuit of the league title, especially with a critical match against Galatasaray looming on the horizon.

The squad managed by İsmail Kartal has been strengthened this season by the remarkable performances of key players. Striker Edin Džeko, with his wealth of experience and knack for crucial goals, continues to be a linchpin in the attack. İrfan Kahveci's prowess in midfield and Ferdi Kadıoğlu’s reliability on the left flank have also been instrumental in Fenerbahçe’s success. The team's strategy has often revolved around leveraging Džeko's aerial ability and positional sense, with Kahveci orchestrating play and Kadıoğlu providing width and crosses from the left.

On the other side, Beşiktaş are currently positioned 4th in the table with 51 points from 33 games. The Black Eagles, under the guidance of Fernando Santos, are looking to secure a spot in European competitions for the next season. Their campaign has been relatively steady, and securing points in games like this could propel them into a more favourable position to qualify directly for the Europa Conference League, bypassing the playoff stages.

Beşiktaş has seen commendable performances from Joe Worrall, who has been a rock at the back; Gedson Fernandes, whose midfield dynamism has driven many of their forward plays; and Milot Rashica, whose pace and skill on the wing have posed a threat to many defences. Their tactical approach typically involves a balanced style, aiming to control the midfield through Fernandes' creativity and exploiting the width provided by Rashica.

Historically, matches between Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş have been tightly contested affairs, and recent meetings uphold this tradition. Out of their last five encounters, each side have won once with the remaining three ending in draws. The most recent fixture, held in December, saw Fenerbahçe triumph with a 3-1 victory. Such results underscore the unpredictable nature of this derby, where form can often be overshadowed by passion and determination.

For Fenerbahçe, the key to overcoming Beşiktaş will likely lie in their ability to exploit their home advantage and manage the game's tempo through their experienced midfield and attacking line. The emphasis will be on Džeko to disrupt the Beşiktaş defence, which has been solid but occasionally vulnerable against high-quality strikers.

Beşiktaş, meanwhile, will need to focus on containing Fenerbahçe’s offensive threats while looking for opportunities to exploit any gaps on the counter. Worrall’s role will be critical in marshalling the defence and neutralising Džeko. Santos might also look to Rashica to break on the counter and challenge Fenerbahçe’s full-backs, particularly targeting any spaces left by Kadıoğlu’s forward runs.

With the Süper Lig season drawing to a close, the stakes in this Istanbul derby are exceptionally high. For Fenerbahçe, victory is essential to keep the pressure on Galatasaray and maintain their pursuit of the league title. For Beşiktaş, points are crucial to ensure they remain in a strong position to qualify for European football next season.

The match not only promises to be a showcase of some of the best talents in Turkish football but also a critical juncture in the narrative of the 2022-2023 Süper Lig season. As both teams prepare to step onto the pitch, the blend of tactical nous and raw emotion characteristic of this historic rivalry will undoubtedly be on full display, adding another chapter to the storied legacy of the Fenerbahçe vs. Beşiktaş encounters.

Team News

Fenerbahçe Team News

Fenerbahçe are likely to be missing Luan Peres, Mert Muldur and Serdar Aziz here as the trio continue their recovery from injury.

Defender Jayden Oosterwolde has also missed the last couple of games with injury so his inclusion is highly doubtful heading into this encounter.

Beşiktaş Team News:

The visitors will be without Ante Rebić, Onur Bulut and Arthur Masuaku as the three attempt to return from injury in time for the season’s run-in.

On top of that, Salih Uçan, Yakup Arda Kılıç and Tayfur Bingöl are all doubtful after missing recent time through injury.

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Form Guide

Fenerbahçe’s form has been mixed in recent weeks. They come into this one off the back of a game that exemplifies their mixed fortunes having beaten Olympiakos 1-0 in the second leg of their Europa Conference League quarter-final thanks to a goal from İrfan Kahveci, but they were unable to build on that goal that only gave them aggregate parity, and ultimately they were beaten 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

That result followed a 2-1 win over Fatih Karagümrük, thanks to goals from Edin Džeko and Michy Batshuayi, which was preceded by a 3-2 loss against Olympiakos, a 4-2 win over Adana Demirspor and a 3-2 win over Trabzonspor, with the likes of Fred and Dušan Tadić getting on the scoresheet in that period.

On home soil Fenerbahçe have been strong, having won four of their last five games (in 90 minutes) on their own patch.

Beşiktaş’ form has not been great in recent matches as they enter this game with one win, two draws and two losses from their last five competitive outings. That win did come in their most recent game in fairness, with goals from Ernest Muçi and Jackson Muleka handing them a 2-0 win over Ankagargücü.

That win followed a 1-1 draw against Samsunspor and Istanbul Basaksehir, with goals coming from Semih Kılıçsoy and Omar Colley, which were preceded by losses against Antalyaspor (1-2) and Gaziantep FK (2-0).

Beşiktaş have been a mixed bag when playing away from home, as they come into this game having won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five games on the road.

Flashpicks Prediction

Despite being a 2nd vs. 4th faceoff, this game feels like an encounter that’s heavily weighted in favour of Fenerbahçe. Beşiktaş’ form simply hasn’t been strong enough of late and they’ve particularly struggled against the league’s better sides. Fenerbahçe, on the other hand, have been a beacon of consistency and should take the three points here. Fenerbahçe 3-1 Beşiktaş.

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Where to watch Fenerbahce vs. Besiktas

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