Fenerbahce take on the visitors Grasshoppers in the final round of Europa League qualification. The game takes place in Istanbul at Surku Saracoglu Stadium on Thursday, August 18th.
Fenerbahce had quite disappointing end of last season, losing the title race to Besiktas and Turkish Cup final to another Istanbul giant Galatasaray. This season also started quite poorly for the team as they lsot Champions League qualifying matchup to Monaco, beating them at home 2-1 and losing reverse leg 1-3. That failure relegated Fenerbahce to Europa League. Fenerbahce show phenomenal results at home, avoiding defeats at own stadium for over a year. The team played 14 matches at home in 2016, taking 14 wins and two draws.
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Grasshoppers started their season much earlier, having played their match of Europa League qualification in the middle of July. Swiss side have eliminated Reykjavik, 3-3, 2-1, and Apollon, 2-1, 3-3. However, the team struggle in recent matches, failing to win five games in a row in all competition. These five matches include four defeats and one draw. Grasshoppers played six away matches this summer, taking two draws and four defeats.
Fenerbahce are simply a bigger club with huge budget, skilled squad and ambitious management. The hosts’ phenomenal record and poor conditions of the visiting side suggest to pick Fenerbahce as obvious favorite of the matchup.
Prediction for the match: Fenerbahce to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.