Trabzonspor, the current league champions, have not had the best of starts, but despite dropping to seventh place, they are still only six points behind the leader in the tightly contested race for the top spot.
However, the loss of leading scorer Andreas Cornelius to FC Copenhagen and the injury to Edin Visca have had a significant impact on the offence, almost doubling their upcoming opponents’ goal totals for the year.
Maxi Gomez and Yusuf Yazici, Trabzonspor’s replacements, haven’t been quite as potent.
Following up after European nights also proved a problem before the mid-season break, as they picked up just seven points from seven games directly after a European fixture in the Autumn.
Since they will be playing in the Europa Conference League in February, that need to get their act together.
After receiving a huge, unexpected shock in the final game before the World Cup, Fenerbahce, who had been flying at the top of the Super Lig table for much of the season, is now only narrowly ahead in the race for the championship.
In a stunning 2-1 loss for the league leaders, Giresunspor became the first team to defeat Fenerbahce on the road since Basaksehir did so in February, 14 matches ago.
Fortunately, Fener had a safety net to fall back on, allowing them to maintain their lead over Galatasaray at the half.
However, their advantage is now just two points, and many teams are putting pressure on them because the top eight teams are separated by just seven points.
They made amends by beating their fellow Super Lig team, Istanbulspor, 3-1 this past week in a competitive match. Prior to that, they had won four straight friendlies against Rayo Vallecano, Villarreal, Alanyaspor, and Salernitana.
1×2 Betting Odds
This season, Fenerbahce has been a goal-scoring machine. If Jorge Jesus chooses to start an offensive starting XI, they may have success against a Trabzonspor team that is obviously weaker than they were last year.
However, given how crucial he was to the hosts’ title victory with goals and assists, Visca’s potential return in attack could be a game-changer for them.
The betting market has no idea where this is heading with dead even odds!
The home side are the slight underdogs with odds @ 2.86.
Whereas, Fenerbahce have slightly better odds than their opponents @ 2.58.
The possibility of a stalemate stands @ 3.66.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.83.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.11.