The Besiktas management have not been able to decide on a new head coach for a second week.
On December 23, Besiktas will take on Göztepe from Izmir in Istanbul’s Vodafone Arena in round 18 of the Turkish Super League. “Besiktas are in an unconventional eighth place as Turkish champions. But they are only four points adrift of third place. “Göztepe have been relegated to the lower divisions of the Turkish league for as long as they have existed and risk climbing back into the first division. They are four points adrift of 14th place. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet website.
Besiktas vs Göztepe: squads
The Besiktas infirmary started to grow again. To the already injured players, including Mert Günok, Umut Meras, Alex Teixeira and Georges-Kevin N’Kudu, was added Necip Uysal who picked up a serious injury in the Istanbul derby.
Göztepe will play with a nearly optimal squad. Only Brazilian Lawrensi, who was disqualified due to yellow cards, will not be able to play.
Besiktas vs Göztepe: history of face-offs
The history of the confrontation between the teams begins in 1959. During that time, the Izmir-based club often lived in the lower Turkish divisions, so only 54 matches have been played between the teams since then. “Besiktas have won 28 games as favourites, 16 games ended in draws and only 10 were won by Göztepe. Since the return of the Izmirians to the Super League in 2017, the teams have played eight times: six wins for Besiktas and two wins for Göztepe, with the last one dating back to January 2020.
Predictions for Besiktas vs Göztepe
Besiktas is recovering from a hot Istanbul derby that lived up to the expectations of spectators around the world and brought the team some positive emotions, as the game unfolded so that Besiktas were closer to losing than to picking up points. But on top of all that, the derby also brought another addition to the sack: holding midfielder Necip Uysal left the pitch with a partial tear of his collateral ligament. A slew of injuries is one reason why Besiktas’ performance has been erratic all season. Adding to the nervousness is the fact that they cannot find a new coach: Stanislav Cherchesov has chosen Ferencvaros, and Portugal’s Bruno Pineiro, who was to take charge after the derby, has unexpectedly decided to continue with his Estoril coach. For the third round in a row, youth academy coach Ender Caraveli has been preparing the team for the match. Under his guidance so far, Besiktas have scored six times and conceded four goals in two games.
Göztepe have won only three matches on the season: one of them against the formidable Istanbul Başakşehir and only one away game against table-toppers Kasımpaşa. But the Izmir-based club managed to draw half of their away games, two of which were against teams ranked sixth and ninth. Göztepe’s away matches are also remarkable because both teams scored in all eight away games and more than two goals were scored in six of them. You can wager on both goals for 1.69 and on Total over(2.5) for 1.67. The same odds are also given for a home team win, which seems more likely.