Fenerbahce Istanbul vs CSKA Moscow
Date: 2nd February 2017
Kick-off: 18:45 CET
In what will most likely be the most interesting match in Round 21 and a re-match from last year’s championship game, Fenerbahce Istanbul will host CSKA Moscow on Thursday.
Fenerbahce have looked pretty good lately, winning three games in a row and four out of their last five. Moreover, they have been able to string three consecutive victories at home, which will definitely increase their confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash against CSKA. However, despite their good recent form, Fenerbahce will have to work extra-hard for the win, as the reigning champs will be motivated to grab the victory as well.
CSKA have found themselves in a bit of a slump, as they have managed to win only three games in their last seven matches. That is a huge drop-off after their 12-1 start of the season and Dimitris Itoudis has most likely been furious about the way his men have played lately. CSKA managed to emerge victorious in their last match, defeating Anadolu Efes Istanbul, but on Thursday they will face a tougher challenge.
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs CSKA Moscow: Head to head stats
For the last 16 years, Fenerbahce Istanbul and CSKA Moscow have met 21 times and the Russian club has won 16 games.
Fenerbahce are 2-9 against CSKA at home.
In the previous game between the two teams this season, Fenerbahce impressively with a 79-95 score.
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
It’s more than hard to predict a favorite to win the game between Fenerbahce and CSKA on Thursday evening, as both clubs are among the Euroleague heavyweights and are quite evenly matched. However, the reigning champs will likely have stronger desire to grab the victory, in order to get revenge for their defeat earlier in the season.
The two teams play very different styles of basketball, as CSKA more often than not, rely on their offense to win games, while making a decent effort on defense. Fenerbahce are exactly on the opposite side, as they put a lot more effort in making defensive stops. That’s quite evident, as offensively CSKA average 87.8 ppg, compared to 78.2 ppg by Fenerbahce, while defensively the clubs allow 80.5 ppg and 76.3 ppg respectively.
In the end expect a win for Fenerbahce.
Player updates: Cska will be without Teodosic and Khryapa. (source)
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs CSKA Moscow: Tips
- Fenerbahce -1.5@ 1.90