IBB vs Bursaspor
Saturday 12th May 2012 @ 14:00 GMT
Istanbul Olympic Stadium
Prediction: Over 2.5 @ 1.75
IBB were crushed by Eskişehirspor in last rounds 3-1 defeat. The Istanbul based club will have to put on a much better performance if they are to get something against the Green Croc's. IBB looked exhausted against EsEs and match fitness could be a problem going into this game especially in the later stages of the encounter.
Bursaspor sent Sivasspor crashing out of Europa League contention with a convincing 2-0 victory last week. The Green Crocodiles Manager Ertuğrul Sağlam will be delighted with his teams performance considering only four regular starters Carson, Basser, Wederson and N'Diaye started.
The Green Crocodiles have the makings of a team which could go on and mount a serious challenge to break into the top 4 next season. Even with a mainly rotation squad Bursaspor have enough depth to still play at a high level. 20 year old Ismail Haktan Odabaşı and 19 year old Musa Çağıran are exciting prospects improving with each game.
In case your wondering why Sağlam is giving academy and rotation players a chance its because they have practically guaranteed a Europa League position. Fenerbahce, their opponents in the Turkish cup final baring an absolute meltdown are almost certain to take one of the Champions League spots which would automatically give the cup's Europa League space to the Green Crocs.
IBB have to win and pray EsEs draw or lose if they are to have any chance of Europa League qualification. Bursaspor are playing with no pressure, Sağlam's squad choice will be a mystery till game time however, he's likely not to play a full strength team.
IBB must win but whether they have what it takes to do so is another question. One things IBB have been consistent at is featuring in high scoring games. In fact there has been 18 goals in their past four games. Bursaspor aren't going to play a defensive game either. The most likely outcome in this game is for there to be goals.
Predicting Over 2.5 goals
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