Anadolu Efes will be playing against the Spanish side Real Madrid on Thursday, 18 December 2014 on road at the 10th and final week match of Euroleague 2014-15 season's first round. The "Game of the Week" as selected by Euroleague will be played at Barclaycard Center. The game will start at 10.00 PM (Turkish time) and will be broadcast live on Lig TV 3. If Anadolu Efes beats the opponent, the team will qualify to the Top 16 round as the leader of Group A.
Anadolu Efes will play its 514th match in Europe. The team has acquired 294 wins and 219 defeats in 513 games in the European competitions, attaining a winning percentage of 57.3%.
On the other hand, Anadolu Efes will play its 266th match in the ULEB Euroleague since 2001-02 season. The team has acquired 137 wins and 128 defeats in the 265 games in the European competitions, attaining a winning percentage of 51.7%.
Anadolu Efes and Real Madrid so far have played 19 games, six of which has been won by Anadolu Efes and 13 games won by Real Madrid.
Anadolu Efes won the game in Istanbul played at the fifth week of the first round of Euroleague this season, with a score of 75-73.
In the ninth week of Euroleague, Anadolu Efes was defeated 65-61 by Nizhny Novgorod at home, while Real Madrid won 83-58 against Sassari on road. After nine weeks, Anadolu Efes maintains the second place with six wins and three losses, while Real Madrid leads the group with seven wins and two losses.
Anadolu Efes General Director Engin Özerhun stated his thoughts about the game: "We will be playing for group leadership against Real Madrid on road in the final match of the first round. After clinching the second place in the group, we lost our match against Novgorod. Now, the winner at Madrid will be the group leader. We definitely want to win and qualify for the Top 16 from the first place. We have been playing good basketball recently. Despite lots of injuries, our cooperation and team play helped us increase our confidence. We will do our best to display our maximum performance in Top 16. However, our first goal is to win at Madrid..."