Pinar Karsiaka to win today in Bursa
Bursaspor is till now one of the revelations of the new season in the Turkish League. They won the first games against very tough opponents like Tofas and Darussafaka. It looks like they came from the second league not only to participate in the main Turkish competition but also to try to reach the playoff.
Today, Bursaspor will host Pinar Karsiaka and I trust the visitors to win the clash because:
- Pinar Karsiaka invested a lot in their roster this season. The club from Izmir is searching for a glorious year in the domestic league and in Fiba Europe Cup, where they have a chance to reach the final stages. They had already a very good start in both competitions where they hammered the opponents.
- Ufuk Sarica is a great coach who provided results with every team in Turkey, including Pinar Karsiaka in the recent past when they won the Championship
- If you take a look at Bursaspor roster, you will see there are no notable bench players. They have Ender Arslan, but he is 36 years old and Evren Buker, who didn’t play the last games due to injuries. Actually, Bursaspor relies only on the 5 foreigners and Izzet Turkyilmaz, having one of the shortest rotation in the Turkish League. Last game, when they have smashed Darussafaka, from 81 points – 71 were scored by the foreigners and only 9 by the Turkish players.
- On the other side, Pinar has not only amazing foreigners (Tony Taylor, Amath M’Baye, D.J. Kennedy, Brandon Triche and Jordan Morgan) but as well very good local players in James Metecan Birsen, Semih Erden, Nusret Yildirim and Yunus Sonsirna, who can contribute a lot coming from the bench.
On bet365 – Pinar Karsiaka has 1.71 to win and -1,5 handicap, very good odds taking into consideration that Bursaspor won’t resist in this short rotation to the visitors’ assault.
Photo: Fiba Europe Cup