Fenerbahce Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Date: 21st March 2017
Kick-off: 18:45 CET
In the first game of the Euroleague’s Round 27, Fenerbahce Istanbul will be hosting Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Fenerbahce have been doing quite fine lately, as they have won three of their last four games and seven of their last nine. The team from Istanbul is currently occupying the fourth place in the standings and it doesn’t look they will be surrendering it until the end of the regular season. On Tuesday evening, Fenerbahce will be meeting Maccabi, which should result into an easy win for them.
Maccabi have been eliminated in all possible ways from playoff contention, but the team still has something to fight for – not finishing last in the table. However, the squad from Tel Aviv is definitely among the worst teams in the Euroleague and the only reason why they are not dead last is because there are even worse clubs than them. Maccabi have lost four of their last six games and it’s almost impossible to see them wining on Tuesday against Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head stats
For the last 16 years, Fenerbahce Istanbul and Maccabi Tel Aviv have met 14 times and Maccabi have been victorious in 10 of those games.
Fenerbahce are 3-4 when playing at home against Maccabi.
In the previous game between the two clubs earlier this season, Maccabi won at home with an 87-77 score.
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Despite the fact Maccabi managed to defeat Fenerbahce earlier this season, there is no doubt that the team from Istanbul is the favorite to win on Tuesday evening. The club led by Zeljko Obradovic has improved a lot since the start of the season and will definitely try to attack to the third place in the standings.
Offensively, Maccabi have done a bit better than Fenerbahce, as they’ve averaged 78.9 ppg compared to 77.2 by the team from Istanbul. However, on the defensive end, the hosts have a huge advantage. Fenerbahce have limited their opponents to just 75.3 ppg, while Maccabi have allowed 83.8 ppg.
Expect a win for Fenerbahce, as they are without a doubt the better team and will also be playing in front of a passionate home crowd.
Player updates: Bogdanovic will probably miss both matches this week for Fenerbahce as he deals with a minor ankle injury.
Fenerbahce Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Tips
- Fenerbahce Istanbul to grab victory by more than 5 points.
- Less than 160 points scored overall.
- Nikola Kalinic over 7 points