ZTK Final 16: Bucaspor – Beşiktaş

Updated: January 31, 2016

Ziraat Türkiye Küpasi Final 16
Bucaspor – Beşiktaş JK
Location: Yeni Buca stadium
Referee: Abdulkadir Bitigen
Date: Sunday, January 31st
Time: 17:45 (GMT+2)
Channel: A spor

The Black Eagles had already secured qualifcation from their group int he Turkish cup several weeks ago and lost the final two games of those group stages, because of that they ended second in their group and avoided Süper Lig rivals Rizespor in the Final 16 and instead face 3rd division side Bucaspor who managed to end first in Group D above Rizespor.

A quite remarkable feat for Bucaspor as they are currently bottom in the Spor Toto 2. lig Kirmizi grubu (this is the 3rd division in Turkey, which is devided in a white and a red group, they’re in the red group).

Bucaspor have only 13 points from 18 games in the league, oddly enough Bucaspor managed to gather 15 points in just 6 Turkish cup group stage matches and lost only one match in the process winning the remaining 5 games. Buca had lost their opening match against Rizespor 4-1 but won the remaining 5 matches, including two victories over Süper Lig side Mersin, two wins over Aydinspor and a home win against Rizespor.

The Final 16 round consists out of only one match, which can be decided by extra time or penalties if the score remains level. The following rounds (Quarter and semi finals) are home and away fixtures.

For the Black Eagles their two new signings Denys Boyko and Alexis Delgado have been included in the matchday squad and are very likely to make their official debut. Denys Boyko celebrated his 28th birthday two days ago and Şenol Güneş is likely to give his new goalkeeper the nod.

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Denys Boyko; Serdar Kurtuluş – Luiz Rhodolfo – Alexis Delgado – Dusko Tosic; Atiba Hutchinson – Veli Kavlak – Oguzhan Özyakup; Gökhan Töre – Kerim Frei – Cenk Tosun


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Kaan Bayazit

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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