ZTK round of 16: Beşiktaş – Fenerbahçe

Updated: February 5, 2017

Beşiktaş square off with archrivals Fenerbahçe in the Turkish cup round of 16 at Vodafone Arena, the winner will earn a ticket to the quarter finals.

The round of 16 will be decided in a single leg, while the quarter and semi finals will have home and away legs. The group stage winners play at home while the second placed teams will play away, Beşiktaş won their group ahead of Kayserispor but Fenerbahçe finished second behind Gençlerbirligi (who were eliminated yesterday by Kayserispor).

Yesterday season revelations Istanbul Başakşehir already eliminated reigning cup holders Galatasaray after a 2-1 victory, with a brace by Beşiktaş loanie Mustafa Pektemek. Rizespor and as previously mentioned Kayserispor also qualified for the quarter finals while today Akhisar Belediyespor have already secured a spot among the final 8. Kasimpaşa and Konyaspor are currently taking on Osmanlispor and Ümrainyespor respectively with Beşiktaş taking on Fenerbahçe later today.

With Fenerbahçe’s defeat at the hands of Kayserispor this past weekend in the Süper Lig, the Yellow canaries have only a slim chance left at the Turkish league championship and will not want to lose out on another trophy by exiting the Turkish cup early. But Beşiktaş have built up a solid home reputation over the past year, they’ve gone 31 official matches without a defeat at home, in all competitions and have never lost at their newly opened Vodafone Arena. In addition, Beşiktaş haven’t lost to Fenerbahçe in the Turkish cup since 1983, with 15 confrontations between the two sides in that 34 year time span.

However, every such run comes closer to it’s ending the longer it continues and Beşiktaş nor the fans should count this match as won just yet. Fenerbahçe will be extremely motivated to take Beşiktaş’ scalp and boost their own confidence heading in to the remainder of the season. Both teams already met earlier in the season at Fenerbahçe’s home turf where the match ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw. Last season Beşiktaş beat Fenerbahçe 3-2 at the Olimpiyat stadium but also lost 2-0 at Fenerbahçe’s home ground.

Can the Black Eagles continue their impressive run at home or will Fenerbahçe spoil the party and be the first visiting team to claim a victory at Vodafone Arena? Or last but not least, will it go down to extra time and penalties? One thing is certain, it’s bound to be a thrilling match tonight at 18:30 CET!

Turkish cup round of 16
Beşiktaş JK – Fenerbahçe SK
Location: Vodafone Arena
Referee: Ali Palabiyik
Date: Sunday, February 5th
Time: 18:30 CET
Channel: ATV

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel

Fenerbahçe predicted XI:

Volkan Demirel; Şener Özbayrakli – Simon Kjaer – Martin Skrtel – İsmail Köybaşı; Mehmet Topal – Josef Souza – Ozan Tufan; Jermaine Lens – Fernandão – Moussa Sow

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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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