Besiktas will be looking to keep hold of their place at the top of the Turkish Super Lig table when they travel to Antalyaspor on Saturday at 5pm (UK time).
Sergen Yalcin’s men are unbeaten after four games and lead on goal difference, while hosts Antalyaspor are languishing down in 15th with just four points.
Antalyaspor vs Besiktas live stream:
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Where to watch Antalyaspor vs Besiktas on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: Antalyaspor 0-2 Besiktas
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Antalyaspor vs Besiktas build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After two top-half finishes in 2018/19 and 2019/20, Antalyaspor suffered a drop in the Turkish Super Lig last season, finishing 16th, only four points clear of the relegation zone. And unfortunately, although the new campaign is only four games deep, they find themselves in a similar position this season. Ersun Yanal’s men opened the new campaign with a 1-1 draw with Goztepe but then followed that up by losing to Fenerbahce, the first of two games in which they have failed to score. Antalyaspor did get their first win of the campaign just before the international break, beating Rizespor 3-2 but they suffered another 2-0 loss, this time to Gaziantep, upon their return.
Besiktas, meanwhile, were celebrating last season as they won the league title ahead of rivals Galatasaray on goal difference – and they’ve got their defence off to the best possible start. The champions were formidable in their opening game, beating Rizespor 3-0 to fly straight to the top of the table and although they drew with Gaziantep, bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Karagumruk prior to the international break. There was another 3-0 win for Besiktas at the weekend, with Yeni Malatyaspor the victims as Yalcin’s men made it four clean sheets in a row.
- Antalyaspor (vs Gaziantep): Boffin; Balci, Sari, Naldo, Vural; Sahin, Poli; Bayrakdar, Milosevic, Mukairu; Wright.
- Besiktas (vs Borussia Dortmund): Destanoglu; Rosier, Welinton, Javi Montero, N’Sakala; De Souza; Ghezzal, Pjanic, Hutchinson, Larin; Batshuayi.
Besiktas will remain without Domagoj Vida, Alex Teixeira and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou who all suffered injuries against Yeni Malatyaspor last weekend.
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Player to watch: Welinton (Besiktas)
Despite scoring three goals in a game on two occasions, Besiktas’ start to the season has been all about their defence. The champions are yet to concede in four league matches so far (the less said about the Champions League, the better) and Brazilian centre-back Welinton has been at the heart of it.
Welinton, now in his second season with Besiktas after signing from Alanyaspor last summer, has started three of the four league games so far this season and even in his substitute appearance he played 70 minutes, coming on for an injured Domagoj Vida. In that time, the 32-year-old has made 10 tackles in the Turkish Super Lig, only bettered at Besiktas by Valentin Rosier – though that is to be expected with the latter at full-back.
The Brazilian has also, however, made 10 interceptions, nine clearances and shown his dominance in the air winning 12 aerial duels, while also looking to start Besiktas attacks from deep. Going up against Haji Wright who has scored three of Antalyaspor’s four games in the league so far, Welinton will need to be at the top of his game.
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