STSL week 3: Beşiktaş – Bursaspor

Updated: August 26, 2017

Beşiktaş play their first game in front of their home crowd in 84 days given that they had to play their opening match of the season behind closed doors.

A chance for the new transfers to get familiarized with the fans and the thrilling atmosphere at Vodafone Park, for most of them this will be the first time to play in front of the Beşiktaş fans. For Jeremain Lens it’ll be a new experience aswell, as he will play in front of  his new fans for the first time wearing a Beşiktaş jersey.

Beşiktaş are still without rightback Gökhan Gönül and it’s expected for Adriano Correia to take his place in the starting lineup instead of Andreas Beck. Meaning Caner Erkin will continue to start at leftback. Şenol Güneş is expected to still rely on most of his players that won him the league last season, as in past seasons he is still easing in the new players and they will likely have to wait until after the international break to make their first start.

Bursaspor are missing Dutch winger Joshua John due to an injury but otherwise Paul Le Guen has his full squad available to him.

Beşiktaş have won all of their last 8 confrontations with Bursaspor and are hoping to rebound from last weekend’s disappointing draw against Kasimpaşa.

Atiba Hutchinson is expected to make his return in the starting lineup after he missed last week’s game due to an illness.

Spor Toto Süper Lig
Beşiktaş JK – Bursaspor
Location: Vodafone Park
Referee: Mete Kalkavan
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Time: 19:45 (CET)
Channel: beIN Sports HD 1

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabri; Adriano Correia, Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinson, Oguzhan Özyakup, Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun, Ryan Babel

Bursaspor predicted XI:

Harun Tekin; Bariş Yardimci, Troost-Ekong, Titi, Aziz Behich; Mikel Agu, Agyemang-Badu, Cristobal Jorquera; Pablo Batalla, Dzon Delarge, Bogdan Stancu

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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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