STSL week 32: Beşiktaş – Kasimpaşa

Updated: May 19, 2017

With the 2016/17 Süper Lig season drawing to a close, Beşiktaş are 3 victories removed from their second consecutive title and third star.

On Monday Beşiktaş came away with all 3 points in a difficult away game against Bursaspor and now face yet another hurdle in their quest for the title in Kasimpaşa. Interestingly Kasimpaşa are the only side that Beşiktaş have failed to beat domestically under the tutelage of Şenol Güneş (D1 L2).

For Kasimpaşa the season is pretty much over and their remaining schedule can all be considered rubber games as they are both safe from relegation but also out of the running fo ra European ticket. They played their last card this past week in the Turkish cup but were eliminated in the semi-finals after a 2-0 defeat against Konyaspor (they had won the home leg 3-2).

Beşiktaş on the other hand have all to play for, they can not afford to blink before their rivals Istanbul Başakşehir do. While they have a two point lead at the top they don’t have the luxury to drop any points as should their rivals win and get on level points they would takeover first place, due to their head to head advantage.

With that being said, Beşiktaş have the slight advantage of playing first on the weekend, allowing them to put Başakşehir under pressure should they beat Kasimpaşa. Başakşehir who play away at Trabzonspor on Sunday beat Fenerbahçe on Wednesday in the Turkish cup semi-finals after a grueling 120 minutes and a penalty shoot-out. A win for Beşiktaş on Saturday will make Başakşehir’s task on Sunday even more difficult.

Anderson Talisca returns from his one match suspension and is immediately expected back in the starting eleven while Atiba Hutchinson will likely be moved to the bench in favour of Tolgay Arslan, who’s been in great form as of late.

The neighbouring visitors of Kasimpaşa will be without winger Turgut Doğan Şahin, who was sent off during their cup game with Konyaspor after receiving two yellow cards late in the game, while striker Adem Büyük (ex-Beşiktaş) is doubtful.

Referee for this match will be Serkan Çınar who has officiated 3 games this season at Vodafone Arena, all of which the Black Eagles have won.

Should Beşiktaş win tomorow, they’ll be one step closer to their 15th Turkish league title since 1957, the Black Eagles have everything in their own hands but there is no more room for mistakes.

Spor Toto Süper Lig
Beşiktaş JK – Kasimpaşa
Location: Vodafone Arena
Referee: Serkan Çınar
Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 18:00 (CET)
Channel: Bein Sports Türkiye
Matchday 32

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Tolgay Arslan – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Ryan Babel – Vincent Aboubakar – Ricardo Quaresma

Kasimpaşa predicted XI:

Ramazan Köse; Olivier Veigneau – Titi – Veysel Sarı – Strahil Popov; Loret Sadiku – André Castro – Abdullah Durak – David Pavelka – Tunay Torun; Samuel Eduok

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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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