STSL week 4: Karabükspor – Beşiktaş

Updated: September 9, 2017

As the Süper Lig returns following the international break, Beşiktaş travel to Karabük for their 4th fixture of the season ahead of their first Champions League group stage match on Wednesday against FC Porto.

As recent history shows us, Beşiktaş rarely have an easy time away at the Dr. Necmettin Şeyhoğlu stadium. Last season Beşiktaş suffered one of only three league defeats away against Karabükspor.

Beşiktaş have started the new season well enough with 7 points from 3 games, but they can not afford dropping any points in Karabük as they’re headed in to a tough schedule for the upcoming month or so with Champions League games and clashes with Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor.

Adriano left training with another minor injury yesterday and won’t be able to stand in for Gökhan Gönül, who is still recovering from surgery, at rightback. This leaves Şenol Güneş with only makeshift alternatives in Necip Uysal and Gary Medel as back-up rightback Andreas Beck left the Black Eagles to join VfB Stuttgart on Germany’s transfer window deadline day.

The choice at rightback will therefore fall on either Necip or Medel, with it being the first start for Medel should Şenol Güneş opt for him over his vice-captain. Álvaro Negredo and Jeremain Lens are both expected to get playing time in the second but Şenol Güneş is likely to still favour Ryan Babel and Cenk Tosun ahead of them for today’s match.

Spor Toto Süper Lig
Kardemir Karabükspor – Beşiktaş JK
Location: Dr. Necmettin Şeyhoğlu
Referee: Ali Palabiyik
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 16:00 (CET)
Channel: beIN Sports HD 1

Karabükspor predicted XI:

Oleksandr Rybka; Kerim Zengin, Dany Nounkeu, Bariş Başdaş, Paul Papp; Ceyhun Gülselam, André Biyogo Poko, Ilhan Depe, Cristian Tanase, Gabriel Torje; Mustapha Yatabaré

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabri; Necip Uysal (Gary Medel), Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinson, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun, Ryan Babel

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
I've been covering Turkish football and Beşiktaş in particular for several years. Followed the Süper Lig closely for over a decade. Frequent guest on the Turkish Football Weekly podcast. I've also done various media interviews concerning Beşiktaş in many different countries, from Costa Rica to The Netherlands. Born and raised in Belgium. Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International since 2013.
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