Fenerbahce vs FK Vardar Skopje Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Fenerbahce vs FK Vardar Skopje Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Fenerbahce will be looking to put last week's shocking defeat behind them when they welcome Vardar at the Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce on Thursday evening for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie. Vardar pulled off an impressive 2-0 home win over Fenerbahce last week, despite having a 40% ball possession and only seven goalscoring attempts. Tigran Barseghyan gave Vardar the lead in the 20th minute, while their second goal was actually an own-goal in the stoppage time from Fenerbahce’s defender Mehmet Topal. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Given the fact that Vardar have failed to win a single Europa League game on the road, while Fenerbahce are currently on a ten-game unbeaten streak at home, I’m expecting Fenerbahce to pick up a comfortable win in this one. I’m also backing them to score a couple of goals as they have found the net at least twice in two of their last three games.

Asian Handicap -2 on Fenerbahce at 4/6

Fenerbahce to win and Over 3.5 goals at 11/10

Fenerbahce scored over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Fenerbahce have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 2 games against FK Vardar Skopje

FK Vardar Skopje saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

FK Vardar Skopje are undefeated in all of their last 2 games against Fenerbahce

AVG Goals

2.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Fenerbahce Form Guide

Fenerbahce Team Logo

Fenerbahce

Won

7

Draw

3

Lost

0
W H

27-12-2017

Cup

Istanbulspor Team Logo Istanbulspor

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

13-01-2018

Club Friendlies

Kukesi Team Logo Kukesi

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

16-01-2018

Cup

Istanbulspor Team Logo Istanbulspor

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

20-01-2018

Super Lig

Goztepe Team Logo Goztepe

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

28-01-2018

Super Lig

Trabzonspor Team Logo Trabzonspor

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

31-01-2018

Cup

Giresunspor Team Logo Giresunspor

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

03-02-2018

Super Lig

Genclerbirligi Team Logo Genclerbirligi

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

07-02-2018

Cup

Giresunspor Team Logo Giresunspor

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

11-02-2018

Super Lig

Istanbul Basaksehir Team Logo Istanbul Basaksehir

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

17-02-2018

Super Lig

Alanyaspor Team Logo Alanyaspor

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

FK Vardar Skopje Form Guide

FK Vardar Skopje Team Logo

FK Vardar Skopje

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

16-11-2017

Prva Liga

Renova Team Logo Renova

FT 2 - 5

(HT 2 - 4)

W H

19-11-2017

Prva Liga

Pelister Team Logo Pelister

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

23-11-2017

Europa League Grp. L

Zenit St. Petersburg Team Logo Zenit St. Petersburg

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

26-11-2017

Prva Liga

FC Academy Pandev

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

03-12-2017

Prva Liga

Shkupi Team Logo Shkupi

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

07-12-2017

Europa League Grp. L

Rosenborg Team Logo Rosenborg

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

10-12-2017

Prva Liga

FC Academy Pandev

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

13-12-2017

Prva Liga

Rabotnicki Team Logo Rabotnicki

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

14-02-2018

Prva Liga

KF Shkendija Team Logo KF Shkendija

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-02-2018

Prva Liga

Pobeda Team Logo Pobeda

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Fenerbahce Preview

Fenerbahce’s recent form across all competitions has been disappointing despite the fact that they have only lost once in their last eight games across all competitions. They have only won twice in this term and head into this tie on the back of a three-game winless streak, including their 2-0 loss at Vardar last week. Furthermore, they needed to fight back from one-goal down twice to secure a 2-2 home draw against Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig at the weekend. Fener have struggled to keep the ball out of their own net recently as they conceded two goals in each of their most recent three competitive games. Their recent form in the Europa League has been a complete mixed with two defeats, two draws and one win in their last five games. However, Fener have only lost once in their last 14 home games in the Europa League and are currently on a ten-game unbeaten run. Domestically, Fenerbahce have endured a poor start to the new season, registering back-to-back 2-2 draws in the opening two league fixtures. Alper Potuk seems to be their in-form player at the moment as he already managed to bag two goals in his two league appearances.

Fenerbahce Team News

Uygar Mert Zeybek, Mehmet Ekici, Ribeiro de Freitas Fabiano, Robin van Persie and Salih Ucan are all doubts, but Fernandao is still missing through injury. In addition, Souza is out due to suspension following his late red card last week.

FK Vardar Skopje Preview

Meanwhile, Vardar followed up their 2-0 win over Fenerbahce with a comfortable 4-0 home victory over Pobeda in the Macedonian First League at the weekend. After scoring the opener against Fener last week, Tigran Barseghyan managed to score another goal against Pobeda at the weekend, and he will definitely be a threat for Fenerbahce’s defence. Similar to their Thursday’s opponents, Vardar have played just two games in their domestic campaign, registering one defeat and one victory in this term. The bad news is that Vardar have looked terrible on the road over the past two months, losing five and drawing once in their last five games across all competitions. In addition, the Macedonians have failed to win a single Europa League game on the road, scoring just three goals in this term. Furthermore, Vardar have conceded at least three goals in four of their six Europa League away games. This is Vardar’s best Europa League qualifying campaign, and they are now very close to securing a historic achievement by reaching the group stage of the competition.

FK Vardar Skopje Team News

Boban Grncarov and Petar Petkovski are both missing through injury ahead of this tip.

Fenerbahce Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

FK Vardar Skopje Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Fenerbahce vs FK Vardar Skopje Sidelined Players

Fenerbahce
9 Fernandao Injured
89 Souza Suspended
FK Vardar Skopje
6 Boban Grncarov Suspended

Head to Head
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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
18 GK Carlos Kameni 188 86
37 CD Martin Skrtel 193 81
33 CD Roman Neustaedter 190 83
6 RB Ismail Koybasi 177 75
4 LB Mauricio Isla 177 72
5 CM Mehmet Topal 187 82
8 CM Ozan Tufan 179 70
17 LM Nabil Dirar 187 82
28 RM Mathieu Valbuena 167 58
7 CF Alper Potuk 177 67
10 CF Robin van Persie 183 73
No. Pos Player M kg
90 GK Filip Gacevski 190 82
21 CD Yevgeni Novak 185 76
77 RB Vladica Brdarovski 183 71
14 CD Darko Velkovski 181 -
19 LB Hovhannes Hambardzumyan 180 69
9 CM Dejan Blazevski 172 -
7 CM Jaba Jigauri 175 -
8 CDM Stefan Spirovski 186 74
70 CM Juan Felipe 175 -
20 CDM Boban Nikolov - -
11 CF Tigran Barseghyan 180 77