STSL week 6: Beşiktaş – Sivasspor

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Updated: October 16, 2014

Spor Toto Süper Lig
Beşiktaş JK – Sivasspor
Location: Yenikent Asaş Stadium, Ankara *(19,626 capacity)
Referee: Mete Kalkavan
Date: Sunday, October 19th
Time: 19:00 (GMT+2)
Channel: LIG TV
Matchday Six


On Sunday the Black Eagles will travel to Ankara for their home game against Sivasspor on matchday six of the Spor Toto Süper Lig.

Beşiktaş will be playing outside of Istanbul because the club officials were unable to work out an agreement with any other Istanbul club with adequate facilities to host the Black Eagles for this home game against Sivasspor. With the BJK Vodafone Arena still being under construction and the terrible state of the pitch in the Atatürk Olimpiyat stadium the Eagles had been looking for an alternative location to play their home games for a quite some time and reached an agreement with Ankara’s Osmanlispor (PTT1. division (second division)) two weeks ago to play this game on their home turf.

Beşiktaş did however work out an agreement with Istanbul Başakşehir to play some of their following home games in their Fatih Terim stadium. And in addition Elazigspor has craciously presented the Black Eagles with the opportunity of playing their home games in their near 15k seater Atatürk stadium. However given the distance between Istanbul and Elazig it remains to be seen if Beşiktaş will take them up on this kind offer.

With the pitch issue finally being settled, atleast for a while, Slaven Bilic will hope to replicate the good football his boys have shown in Europe this season against Arsenal, Tottenham and Feyenoord respectively. Despite finally having found a decent pitch to play on however the Black Eagles will miss two important players for the home game against Sivasspor with both José Ernesto Sosa (knee injury) and Oguzhan Özyakup (shoulder injury) being out with injuries. These two injuries leave a gaping hole in the centre of midfield with no real alternative for the number 10 position.

With Sivasspor having a more than decent side in both attack and defence it might prove difficult to break them down but Beşiktaş aren’t the only team in this match who will be missing one of their key players (two even). In fact Sivasspor are missing one of their most important players in the Moroccan attacking midfielder Aatif Chahechouhe, who became topscorer of the Spor Toto Süper Lig with 17 goals last season, due to a second degree hamstring injury.

Sivasspor are of course coached by former Real Madrid, Brazil and Fenerbahçe leftback Roberto Carlos and have several other familiar faces on their squad with Cicinho (ex-Real Madrid), Manuel Da Costa and John Utaka. In addition they have a bit of a ‘Beşiktaş’ influence aswell with former Black Eagles captain Ibrahim Toraman and Beşiktaş academy products Korcan Celikay and Batuhan Karadeniz.

Sivasspor had an exceptional season last year and manager to get four points out of six against the Black Eagles with a 1-1 draw in Istanbul and an impressive 3-0 victory in Sivas.

With rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe squaring off with one another it’s important for the Black Eagles to win their first ‘home’ game of the season to stay in control at the top of the table with their first derby of the season only two weeks away on matchday eight at ‘home’ against Fenerbahçe.

It’s seems pretty much carved in stone that Slaven Bilic will be forced to revert to the Atiba Hutchinson – Veli Kavlak partnership (despite their altercation during training earlier this week) in midfield with likely either Olcay Şahan or Gökhan Töre on the number 10 position. Unless if he would opt for a 4-4-2 system instead with Demba Ba and Cenk Tosun up front (with Mustafa Pektemek still out injured).

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Predicted Beşiktaş XI (4-3-3)

29. Tolga Zengin

2. Serdar Kurtuluş
6. Tomas Sivok/22. Ersan Gülüm
19. Pedro Franco
31. Ramon Motta

8. Veli Kavlak
13. Atiba Hutchinson
10. Olcay Şahan

17. Gökhan Töre
21. Kerim Frei
9. Demba Ba

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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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