ZTK: Sivas Belediye Spor – Beşiktaş

Updated: December 23, 2015

Ziraat Türkiye Küpasi Group C
Sivas Belediye Spor – Beşiktaş JK
Location: Sivas M.Y. Spor Kompleksi
Referee: Erkan Engin
Date: Thursday, December 23rd
Time: 13:45 (GMT+2)
Channel: A Haber
Matchday 2

Having started off with a convincing win over Karabükspor on matchday one of the Turkish cup group stages at the Atatürk Olimipyat stadium last week, the Black Eagles now travel to 3rd division side Sivas Belediye Spor.

Sivas Belediye suffered a huge defeat at the hands of 1461 Trabzon last week, going down 7-1 at the Hüseyin Avni Aker stadium. While the Black Eagles dispatched Karabükspor at the Atatürk Olimpiyat stadium with a convincing 3-0 win.

With a tough game this past Monday in the league, away in Ankara against Osmanlispor, there will be plenty of rotation again for this cup game. It is expected that Beşiktaş will start with a similar lineup as last week against Karabükspor.

But with Sivas Belediye being a noticeably weaker side than Karabükspor, atleast on paper, we may see a few more youth players start in this game.

One of those youth players that would have been expected to start in this match is Eslem Öztürk, but unfortunately the promising midfielder suffered a devastating ACL injury on Tuesday during the U21 match with Osmanlispor, Eslem will be out for atleast six months.

With the pitch in Sivas tomorow not looking any better than Monday’s pitch at the Osmanli stadium, the biggest worry for the Black Eagles in this match will be not to lose anyone to injuries.

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Günay Güvenç; Serdar Kurtuluş – Pedro Franco – Alexander Milosevic – Dusko Tosic; Necip Uysal – Veli Kavlak – Muhammet Enes – Kerim Frei; Cenk Tosun – Mustafa Pektemek

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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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