Reigning Super Lig champions Besiktas face the short journey to cross-city rivals Istanbul Basaksehir on Friday at 6pm (UK time).
Sergen Yalcin’s Black Eagles will be looking to keep pace with current table-toppers and Big Three adversaries Fenerbahce, who are first and two points clear of the champions, but standing in their way for matchday nine are an Istanbul Basaksehir desperate for points. Emre Belozoglu’s side are just outside the relegation zone, but level on six points with 17th-placed Yeni Malatyaspor.
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Istanbul Basaksehir vs Besiktas build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It’s been a rapid decline for Istanbul Basaksehir since winning the Super Lig in 2019/20, with The Gray Owls finishing a lowly 12th last season in their title defence, and beginning this campaign with just two wins from eight, which has left them languishing just outside the bottom four.
Across Istanbul, the fortunes of another club are poles apart from Basaksehir’s current predicament. Besiktas’ own title defence is firmly in their grasp, with the 16-time champions just two points adrift of first and suffering only the single defeat after eight matches, with five wins.
- Istanbul Basaksehir (vs Fatih Karagumruk): Babacan; Ponck, Duarte, Tagir, Lima; Tekdemir, Visca, Ndayishimiye, Ozcan, Turuc; Okaka.
- Besiktas (vs Sivasspor): Destanoglu; Rosier, Saatci, Vida, Yilmaz; Souza, Karaman, Bozdogan, Ozyakup, Yalcin; Batshuayi.
Omer Ali Sahiner is currently sidelined for the hosts, while former Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli has only been able to make cameo appearances off the bench in his last five games having entered this current campaign injured. The 32-year-old picked up a leg injury during Euro 2020, in which he was substituted onto the field against Italy and came off after just four minutes. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Miralem Pjanic and Kenan Karaman are all doubts for Besiktas.
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Player to watch: Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas)
Looking to rebuild his career away from Stamford Bridge, Michy Batshuayi has fallen victim to Chelsea’s infamous revolving door loan policy and now finds himself in the Turkish Super Lig, looking to cause a splash and re-establish his status as one of the continent’s finest finishers. Having spent time at Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace (twice) in temporary stints away from Cobham, the Belgian’s latest venture has taken him to Istanbul, and he’s made a positive start to his career in Turkey.
With 22 goals in just 38 caps for Belgium, the 28-year-old is clearly a formidable goal-getter, and for Besiktas this term, he has notched three goals in just five league starts, registering a further one assist. That kind of form will be absolutely crucial for head coach Yalcin if his side are to defend their crown, and they’re putting together quite the squad, with Batshuayi now lining up alongside the likes of Barcelona outcast but still highly-revered Miralem Pjanic, one-time Liverpool target Alex Teixeira and a clutch of already-established stars, including Atiba Hutchinson, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Domagoj Vida.
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