Trabzonspor vs Besiktas Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Round 24 of the Turkish SüperLig will be wrapped up on Monday night, 5 March 2018, when Trabzonspor takes on the reigning champions and current title pretenders Besiktas.
Besiktas lost 0-5 to Bayern in Munich and The Istanbul Black Eagles have been virtually eliminated from the UEFA Champions League knockout phase, although there is a second leg in Turkey upcoming. We highly doubt that Bavarians will lose 6-0 and an experienced personality as Senol Gunes is pretty much aware of that, so Besiktas’ coach will pull out his best men in the prospective domestic games since “The Black-and-Whites” are still involved in the SüperLig contention, as well as in the Turkish Cup semi-finals.
Besiktas will be boosted after last weekend’s 3-1 victory in the Istanbul Derby against rivals Fenerbahce, followed by a 2-2 draw vs the same opposition in the midweek, but in first-leg of the Turkish Cup semi-finals. Unfortunately, a key player like Ricardo Quaresma has been sent-off with a straight red card so he will miss the Monday night encounter. Experienced central defender Pepe is also ruled out for around four weeks and will miss out. Thus Dusko Tosic and Domagoj Vida should form the Besiktas centre-back duo.
Even though Besiktas have only won three of their last 11 away games in all competitions, and those were only by one-goal margin, Senol Gunes has enough potential to rely on and to claim a victory near the Black Sea.
Trabzonspor have finally won their first match in 2018 when the Black Sea Storm took away the three points in a visit to the Mediterranean coast last weekend – making a full comeback to win 2-1 vs Alanyaspor. The Trabzon-born youngster Abdülkadir Ömür and experienced Turkey international forward Burak Yilmaz were both goal scorers in the comeback, however the latter will miss the upcoming leg vs Besiktas. Yilmaz, who has scored 18 goals in 18 SüperLig games this season, is suspended due to yellow cards accumulation and that’s a huge blow to the home side. He will most likely be replaced by either Dame N’Doye or Hugo Rodallega.
The 2-1 success from Alanya places Trabzonspor 8 points behind Besiktas (top four) and their aspirations to claim European football next season have been pretty much suppressed after the winless efforts in 2018 so far. That win has been preceded by five consecutive draws and a narrow home loss to another title pretender – Istanbul Basaksehir, as well as by a Turkish Cup elimination.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Trabzonspor and Besiktas, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
Possible Starting Lineups of Trabzonspor and Besiktas
Venue: “Medical Park Stadyumu”, Trabzon.
Referee: Halis Özkahya.
Trabzonspor: Onur Kivrak – João Pereira, Ugur Demirok, Tomas Hubocan, Filip Novak – Juraj Kucka, Okay Yokuslu – Abdülkadir Ömür, Jose Sosa, Yusuf Yazici – Hugo Rodallega. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players: Esteban, Mustafa Akbas and Fabian Castillo are all injured, while Burak Yilmaz is suspended.
Beşiktaş: Fabri – Adriano, Dusko Tosic, Domagoj Vida, Gökhan Gönül – Gary Medel, Atiba Hutchinson – Ryan Babel, Anderson Talisca, Jeremain Lens – Vagner Love. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players: Tolga Zengin, Atinc Nukan, Pepe, Veli Kavlak and Gökhan Töre are all injured, Ricardo Quaresma is suspended.