CSKA Moscow vs Galatasaray Istanbul
Date: 09th March 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
In the first game of the Euroleague regular season Round 25, CSKA Moscow will be hosting Galatasaray Istanbul.
After winning three games in a row and four of their last five, CSKA are set to regain their first place in the standings. The reigning champs have the same record as Real Madrid at the moment (18-6) and they have to be more than solid until the final round, if they are to reach the top. On Thursday evening, CSKA will meet Galatasaray and even though the team from Istanbul managed to defeat Madrid in the previous round, it’s nearly impossible that they will beat Moscow.
Galatasaray produced what was probably the biggest shock from the previous round, as they managed to defeat Real Madrid at home with an 87-84 score. That was the second win in three matches for the club from Istanbul. However, they are still among the worst teams in the entire Euroleague and it’s hard to imagine that they will string two victories in a row, beating Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow consecutively.
CSKA Moscow vs Galatasaray Istanbul: Head to head stats
For the last 16 years, CSKA Moscow and Galatasaray Istanbul have met five times and the reigning champs have four wins.
CSKA are 2-0 at home against Galatasaray.
In the previous game between the two clubs this season, CSKA dominated Galatasaray and won with an 84-109 score.
CSKA Moscow vs Galatasaray Istanbul: Prediction
There is absolutely no doubt that CSKA are the favorites to win their game against Galatasaray on Thursday. The reigning champs are one of the best, if not the best, clubs in the Euroleague, while their opponents are nowhere near that level.
CSKA have had the best offense since the start of the season, averaging 87.8 ppg, which has been more than enough to crush almost every club. Moreover, their defense has been quite solid, as they have allowed just 79.5 ppg. Galatasaray are nowhere near these numbers, as they score on average 78.8 ppg and allow 83.2.
Expect a big win by CSKA Moscow, as they will definitely try to please their home crowd.
CSKA Moscow vs Galatasaray Istanbul: Tips
- CSKA Moscow -17.5 @1.90