On May 16, Necmi Kadioglu will host the match of the 34th round of the Turkish Championship, in which Istanbulspor will meet with Galatasaray. The start of the fight is scheduled for 20:00 Kyiv time.
The team has never been quoted particularly highly even in Turkish football – if you do not remember the championship of the distant 1932. But in the 90s, it was possible to break into European competitions several times. And then for almost 2 decades the club was stuck in the First League. Yes, and in the last draw there was 4th place, and it’s good that the regulations provided for play-offs. The yellow bulls won them and returned back – after 17 years! For a long time it seemed that the modest Istanbul team would play only 1 season in the Super League. But it turns out to be a powerful ride to the finish line. In the last 5 rounds, 3 wins were taken, including over Istanbul Basaksehir, as well as a couple of draws, including 3:3 after the status neighbor, Fenerbahce. This allowed the wards of Fatih Tekke to rise to 14th place. And, more importantly, break away from the relegation zone by 7 points.
The club confidently holds the record for all domestic tournaments – as many as 22 league titles in the asset. In addition, it was with this team that Fatih Terim managed to take the UEFA Cup and Super Cup at the beginning of this century. But since 2019, new trophies could not be taken. And last season they even reached the shameful 13th place. But, as it turned out, this is exactly the bottom from which it turned out to push off and begin to gain momentum. Wards Okan Buruk not only sharply added – they are currently confidently leading. April, however, ended unsuccessfully, 3:3 with Fatih Karagumruk and 1:3 with Besiktas. But due to the only goal of Icardi (already the 15th in the draw), it was possible to beat Istanbul, which increased the gap from Fenerbahce, the closest pursuer, to 5 points.
This season, having finally played an official match, the teams finished quite as expected. The Blood Gold Houses won 2-1.
Bookmakers do not believe that Istanbulspor will maintain an unbeaten streak. We bet on Galatasaray with a handicap of -1 goal with a coefficient of – 1.63.