STSL week 13: Yeni Malatyaspor – Beşiktaş

Updated: November 25, 2017

Coming off of a historical European triumph by qualifying for the Champions League knock-out stages, Beşiktaş turn their sights back on the domestic league as they face Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor on the road.

The Black Eagles dropped two precious points at home last week against Akhisar Belediyespor and can’t afford to drop anymore. With a match against Galatasaray around the corner 3 points against Malatyaspor are of extreme importance.

Şenol Güneş will have some puzzling to do at the back as Beşiktaş are without both Dusko Tosic and Gary Medel, leaving the door open for a Matej Mitrovic start. Ryan Babel needs to watch his steps as he is one yellow card removed from a suspension, which would make him miss the game with Galatasaray should he get booked.

NtV Spor are expecting Álvaro Negredo to get another start while Cenk Tosun will be rested, apart from Negredo and Mitrovic it is expected that Şenol Güneş will field the same team as he did midweek against FC Porto with Babel, Quaresma and Talisca flanking Negredo up top.

It’s been 12 years since Beşiktaş have played a match in Malatya, on the 6th of November 2005 Beşiktaş played to a 1-1 draw against the club formerly known as Malatyaspor. Souleymane Youla scored the only goal for the Black Eagles in second half stoppage time thanks to a lucky deflection.

It can get quite chilly in Malatya during this time of year, it’s expected to be around 8°C today during kick-off time.

Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor Beşiktaş JK
Location: Yeni Malatya stadium
Referee: Bülent Yildirim
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Time: 14:30 CET
Channel: beIN Sports HD 1

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabri; Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Matej Mitrovic, Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson, Tolgay Arslan, Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma, Álvaro Negredo, Ryan Babel


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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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