STSL week 30: Akhisar Belediyespor – Beşiktaş

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Updated: April 23, 2016

Spor Toto Süper Lig
Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve spor – Beşiktaş JK
Location: Manisa 19 Mayis
Referee: Cüneyt Cakir
Date: Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 19:00(GMT+2)
Channel: LIG TV
Matchday 30


After another crucial victory on the road against Sivasspor last week, the Black Eagles now travel to Manisa for the clash with Akhisar Belediyespor. Beşiktaş have never managed to beat Akhisar in Manisa since they promoted to the Süper Lig back in 2012. The first time these two sides met at the 19 Mayis stadium the hosts won with a convincing 4-1 scoreline during the 2012-2013 season. During the 2013-2014 season, Akhisar held the Black Eagles to a 3-3 draw and last season the two sides drew 1-1.

While last season Akhisar managed to shatter the title dream of the Black Eagles completely by holding them to a 1-1 draw, this time around a draw or even a defeat would mathematically not have such a devastating impact. However, with the final four matches just around the corner the Black Eagles will want to keep their 5 point lead on rivals Fenerbahçe, giving them the option to drop points twice in the final four matches as long as they don’t lose. With trips away to Galatasaray and Konyaspor the Eagles may need that extra bit of room in the rankings to clinch the 2015-2016 Süper Lig title.

A win in Manisa would more than ever establish Beşiktaş as the title favourites and would put an immense amount of pressure on Fenerbahçe who face Trabzonspor on the road tomorow evening.

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Andreas Beck will miss his first match in the league due to a yellow card suspension, he has played in every single league match so far this season.

Akhisar is one of the few teams who actually managed to beat the Black Eagles this season, furthermore they were the first team to keep the Eagles from scoring atleast one goal and thusfar that feat has only been repeated once.

Beşiktaş didn’t even play a bad game at the Başakşehir stadium against Akhisar, but a very early Güray Vural (now playing for Trabzonspor) after just four minutes put the visitors in the driver’s seat early on. While Beşiktaş were taking Akhisar’s goal under siege it were the visitors who took advantage of a Tolga Zengin blunder in the 40th minute after a long shot from Sami. Beşiktaş weren’t capable of turning the match around in the second half despite beingt he dominant side for the majority of the match. The Black Eagles won’t just be out to secure their 5 point lead and put their rivals under pressure tonight, they’ll also be out to restore their honour against Akhisar. A first ever away win against the hosts would put Beşiktaş in a very good position for the title race with four matches to go after this one.

More than 8.500 Beşiktaş fans will be in attendance to lead the team to victory through their vocal support, Akhisar sold off more than normal tickets to visiting fans as they saw a good chance to capitalize on the title fever among fans, giving the visitors a sort of “home” advantage in the process. Akhisar did something similar two years ago when Fenerbahçe came to town, but despite havingt to play in front of mainly visiting fans the home side still managed to pull off a 3-1 victory.

The Black Eagles will have to do without their experienced rightback Andreas Beck, as he accumilated his fourth yellow card last weekend in the match against Sivasspor and will therefore serve a one match suspension. But they also recover Ricardo Quaresma, who missed last weekend’s game following his sending off against Bursasor two week ago.

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Tolga Zengin; Serdar Kurtuluş – Alexis Delgado – Marcelo Guedes – İsmail Köybaşı; Atiba Hutchinson – Oguzhan Özyakup – José Sosa; Ricardo Quaresma – Olcay Şahan – Mario Gómez

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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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