Make or break: the match of the season for the Black Eagles

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Updated: May 2, 2019

It’s been a long and frustrating season for Besiktas fans, but things have started to look up in recent months as the team finally started stringing some wins together.

In large part that is thanks to the arrival of Burak Yilmaz, who has scored an incredible 11 goals in 12 appearances. But it’s also to thank to Adem Ljajic, who has been in briliant form since the team returned to action from the January break.

Following the 3-3 against Fenerbahçe on matchday 23 of the league season, the point deficit with leaders Basaksehir increased to a staggering 13 points. An insurmountable gap with just 11 matches to go, one would think.

But now, with just 4 matches to go, some how that gap has decreased from 13 to just 3 measly points. So now, it’s make or break.

Besiktas are, without question, the most in form team of the second half of the season. With an impressive 33 points out of a possible 39, they are now 3 points removed from the top and just 1 point removed from second, where this weekend’s opponent Galatasaray has been parking their bus for the past few months.

It’s all down to that now, Besiktas have to beat Galatasaray on the road if they want to remain hopeful of a trophy this season. The Black Eagles were alredy eliminated from Europe in disappointing fashion earlier in the season and didn’t take part in this season’s edition of the Turkish Cup. Therefore the league is their only hope remaining for a prize this season.

But will Burak Yilmaz and Adem Ljajic’s impressive form be enough to topple the current Champions of Turkey? And even it proves to be enough, will Basaksehir drop at least 3 more points before the season is over? One thing is certain, this weekend’s derby is crucial if Besiktas still want to make something from their thusfar disappointing season.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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