STSL week 8: Gençlerbirliği – Beşiktaş

Updated: October 13, 2017

After a much needed international break Beşiktaş are back in action in the Turkish Süper Lig, they travel tot he capital to square off with Gençlerbirliği, traditionally a tough fixture.

Gençlerbirliği have a reputation for being tough to beat at the Ankara 19 Mayis stadium for the Istanbul big 3. Beşiktaş have failed to beat Gençlerbirliği in Ankara under Şenol Güneş and have only won twice in the last 7 editions since 2010.

With a midweek Champions League match against AS Monaco and Istanbul Başakşehir in the weekend, the Black Eagles need a positive start to their tough schedule and nothing but a win will do after a defeat and a draw in their last two league games.

Caner Erkin, Dusko Tosic and Gary Medel are all one yellow card removed from a one match suspension, should they receive a booking tonight they will miss the match against Başakşehir next week at the Vodafone Park.

Şenol Güneş is expected to reintroduce both Atiba Hutchinson and captain Oğuzhan Özyakup to the starting lineup, after they missed the previous match due to suspension. However, he is likely to keep both Negredo and Lens in his starting lineup while resting Cenk Tosun and Ricardo Quaresma ahead of the Champions League clash with Monaco. Gökhan Gönül is expected to make his first start of the season, after he had already played 45 minutes against Trabzonspor two weeks ago.

Gençlerbirliği SK – Beşiktaş JK
Location: 19 Mayis
Referee: Halis Özkahya
Date: Friday, October 13th
Time: 19:00 CET
Channel: beIN Sports HD 1

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabri; Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Dusko Tosić, Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinson, Oğuzhan Özyakup (c), Anderson Talisca; Jeremain Lens, Álvaro Negredo, Ryan Babel

Gençlerbirliği predicted XI:

Johannes Hopf; Zeki Yavru, Sergey Politsevich, Luccas Claro, Uğur Çiftçi; Ahmet Oğuz, Abdul Khalili, Aleksandar Šćekić, Tokelo Rantie, Serdar Özkan; Petar Škuletić

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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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