Mersin take on Besiktas in the season opener tonight, a matchup they have struggled in in recent year with four straight losses up to date. The Red Devils have the smallest budget in the league and have struggled in the transfer market while losing experienced defender Servet Cetin. Losing Murat Ceylan for tonight’s game due to his sending off in the last game of last season, does not make things any easier.
Besiktas have seen last season’s top scorer Demba Ba depart for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, but have more than made up for it with signings like Rhodolfo, Ricardo Quaresma, Andreas Beck, Dusko Tosic and Mario Gomez. New coach, the experienced Senol Günes, has set his sight on the title this year and will expect the team to perform right from the start. He will have to do without Kavlak, Arslan and Sosa tonight but there’s plenty of quality in the squad still to claim all three points.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 – 21.00 CEST
League: Süper Lig (Turkey)
Match: Mersin – Besiktas
Pick: Besiktas to win
Highest odds: 1.95 @ Betway
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-5 and bet won!