STSL week 5: Gençlerbirliği – Beşiktaş

Updated: September 21, 2015

Spor Toto Süper Lig
Gençlerbirliği – Beşiktaş
Location: 19 Mayis, Ankara
Referee: Firat Aydinus
Date: Monday, September 21st
Time: 20:00 (GMT+2)
Channel: Lig TV
Matchday 5

One week ahead of the first big Istanbul derby between Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe, the Black Eagles have travelled to capital of Ankara to square off with Gençlerbirliği on matchday 5 of the 2015-2016 Spor Toto Süper Lig season.

Mehmet Özdilek

‘Şifo’ Mehmet Özdilek wore the Black and White uniform for 13 years after having joined Beşiktaş in 1988 from Kahramanmaraşspor and played for the Black Eagles untill he retired as a professional football player in 2001. He now coaches Gençlerbirliği for the second time in his coaching career.


Moestafa El Kabir has impressed since joining Gençlerbirliği during last season’s January transfer window, he scores six times in his nineteen appearances for the club in the Süper Lig and assisted eight more.

Gençlerbirliği have had a dissapointing start to the season and coach Stuart Baxter was sacked early on after a dispute with club chairman Ilhan Cavcav, Baxter was replaced by Beşiktaş legend Mehmet Özdilek a few weeks ago.

Moestafa El Kabir should be considered as one of Gençlerbirliği’s most dangerous players, the Moroccon forward has scored twice so far this season in four appearances.

Another noteworthy player is Angola internatinoal Djalma Campos, who had spent the past two seasons in Turkey on loan at Torku Konyaspor from Portuguese giants FC Porto. Djalma made his debut for the Ankara based club last week against Bursaspor and immediatly got off the mark by scoring his first goal on his debut.

Gençlerbirliği are currently  in 16th place, they collected 3 points in their opening four games of the season which saw them get beaten thrice and winning just once against Kasımpaşa at home. But of course it’s still early days and there is absolutely no talk of relegation stress just yet for the black and red outfit from that capital.

Beşiktaş will have to do without man-in-form Oğuzhan Özyakup, the 22 year old playmaker suffered a minor calf injury during the international break but still played 45 minutes last week against Başakşehir, however he had to be replaced at halftime and has since missed the midweek match in the Europa League against Skënderbeu and will be rested for next week’s derby against Fenerbahçe. While Tolgay Arslan is still out for several months, as for Veli Kavlak, still no sign of the Austrian international, although he is expected to return to full team training in the coming weeks.


Mario Gómez was partially rested against Skënderbeu this Thursday, playing only 30 minutes, after scoring a brace against Başakşehir last weekend.

The Black Eagles’ German tank Mario Gómez opened his goalscoring account last week against Başakşehir with two quality strikes and will very likely have the opportunity to add to that tally tonight after being rested a bit by starting on the bench against Skënderbeu in favour of Cenk Tosun. The German international is expected to return to the first eleven, flanked by Gökhan Töre and Olcay Şahan while Ricardo Quaresma will likely start on the bench. Atiba Hutchinson, Necip Uysal and José Ernesto Sosa are expected to start in midfield. While Dusko Tosic is expected to start at leftback, against his former club.

Beşiktaş have definitely not had an easy time away at Ankara these past few seasons, last term a strike of brilliance from Demba Ba was required to secure the 3 points, while the year before the Black Eagles headed back to Istanbul with a defeat. With the first big derby of the season just around the corner, the Black and Whites would do well to win this game.

Beşiktaş predicted XI

Tolga Zengin; Andreas Beck – Luiz Rhodolfo – Ersan Gülüm – Dusko Tosic; Atiba Hutchinson – Necip Uysal – José Ernesto Sosa; Gökhan Töre – Mario Gómez – Olcay Şahan

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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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