STSL week 16: Beşiktaş – Gaziantepspor

Updated: December 24, 2016

After a surprising defeat at the hands of Kasimpaşa last weekend, Beşiktaş can’t afford another slip up prior to heading in to the Winter break. Gaziantepspor, now coached by former Beşiktaş captain İbrahim Üzülmez, are currently near the bottom of the table in the relegation zone.

Gaziantepspor recently sacked their previous coach İsmail Kartal following an extremely disappointing start to the season which finds them in 16th place, 2 points removed from 15th placed Rizespor. The Black Eagles are now 3 points behind leaders İstanbul Başakşehir and will almost certainly have to take comfort with second place heading in to the new year, a loss of points could even see Beşiktaş drop down to third place.

With Adriano suspended, Andreas Beck is expected to start at leftback once again

The Black Eagles will have to do without their leftback Adriano Correia who picked up his fourth yellow card of the season last week, Marcelo Guedes however makes his return. Anderson Talisca is slowly but surely returning to match fitness and could be included in the matchday squad, given that he played during Thursday’s charity match to raise funds for the families of the victims of the recent bombings near the stadium.

With Adriano’s suspension Şenol Güneş is likely to opt for Andreas Beck at leftback with Gökhan Gönül once again starting at rightback. Despite last weekend’s poor performance not too many changes are expected in the starting lineup.

Gaziantepspor will have to do without their captain Elyasa Süme, who also saw his fourth yellow card last week in their 2-1 defeat at home against Rizespor. Gaziantepspor will also be without Daniel Larsson, who was released from his contract over the past week and has since already signed a 2,5 year deal with Akhisar Belediyespor.

Finally Beşiktaş’ newest signing Ryan Babel will be in attendance tonight for the Eagles’ final match of 2016, will they head in to the January transfer window and the Winter break on a high?

Beşiktaş JK – Gaziantepspor
Location: Vodafone Arena
Referee: Serkan Çınar
Date: Saturday, December 25th
Time: 17:00 CET
Channel: LİG TV
Matchday 16

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Andreas Beck; Atiba Hutchinson – Tolgay Arlsan – Oğuzhan Özyakup; Ricardo Quaresma – Vincent Aboubakar – Cenk Tosun

Gaziantepspor predicted XI:

Gökhan Değirmenci; Barış Yardımcı – Şenol Can – Musa Nizam – Bart van Hintum; Abdülkadir Kayalı – Mohammed Fatau – Muhammed Ildiz; Evans Kangwa – Nabil Ghilas – Davy Angan

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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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