Fenerbahce vs Barcelona
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 26 January 2018
Time: 18:45 CET
Fenerbahce prevailed in the Turkish battle against Anadolu Efes last week, as they defeated their opponents by 84:89 on the road. They had already secured an eleven-point lead through the first three quarters, and even though their opponents tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, Fenerbahce secured the win. Fenerbahce found solid production from just five of their players, with Wanamaker scoring a team-high 18 points with 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Mahmutoglu scored 16, Melli had 14 with 7 boards, while Vesely and Guduric scored 12 each. Fenerbahce have been in really strong form lately, as they have won each of their last seven matches in all competitions. That win, combined with Olympiacos Piraeus’ loss bumped Fenerbahce to the 2nd spot of the Euroleague (W13 L6). They have the best defense in the Euroleague so far with just 71.94 points conceded per match, while scoring 78.21 in the process.
On the other hand, Barcelona have been in really bad form lately, as they have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions. However, they showed glimpses of improvement in their previous match for the Euroleague, as they recorded a really strong win against Brose Bamberg at home. They were already up by ten points by the end of the first half, and were never really in danger in that match. Sanders was a dominant force in both ends of the pitch, as he scored a game-high 17 points, but also made a whopping 6 steals. Heurtel scored 15 points with 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, while Tomic nearly missed the double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Barcelona really need to snap out of their funk, as they are currently sitting at the 11th spot of the Euroleague (W7 L12), scoring an average of 80.42 points per match, while conceding 78.26.
Previous 5 games:
Anadolu Efes vs Fenerbahce 84:89
Fenerbahce vs Panathinaikos 67:62
Istanbul BB vs Fenerbahce 70:83
Valencia vs Fenerbahce 67:80
Fenerbahce vs Buyuksehir 89:75
Morabank Andorra vs Barcelona 102:92
Barcelona vs Brose Bamberg 81:66
Valencia vs Barcelona 81:76
Barcelona vs Unicaja Malaga 73:76
Panathinaikos vs Barcelona 84:75
Fenerbahce vs Barcelona: Head to Head Stats
Fenerbahce easily subdued Barcelona when the two met in December 8th, recording a nice 68:83 win in Spain. Moreover, they won both matches against Barcelona last season, but have actually suffered a lot when hosting this opponent over the years (W3 L6).
Fenerbahce vs Barcelona: Prediction
The two teams have been in opposite form lately, with Fenerbahce looking like a real contender, while Barcelona are three wins behind the playoff spots. Fenerbahce should be able to take advantage of Barcelona’s poor form lately, and a strong win at home might be in the books here.
Fenerbahce vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
While I do see Fenerbahce winning this I would rather bet on the match going over 153 points @ 1.80 betting odds.
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