Alkhisar vs Fenerbahce by Isaiah
Akhisar didn't manage to get their first victory on the road last Saturday evening, as the side suffered 2:0 defeat away to Konyaspor, continuing to impress only in front of own fans so far. They actually had more ball possession and were equal to the opponent regarding the number of created chances, however their hosts were the ones who looked way more concrete and had better final touch.
Sahiner brought the hosts into the lead in 18th minute, while Friday sealed the victory in 73rd minute with the hosts even missing the penalty kick towards the end of the game. This way the side continued to have great results but only at home, counting all three victories in front of own fans and they'll surely try to continue their home momentum against one of the strongest side in the country.
Home team should be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Henrique as central striker, but also with Adin, Aydogdu and Larsson as offensive midfielders. They will only miss midfielder Hasan Ali Adiguzel, but who anyway didn't perform so far and is part of a youth team as well.
With two victories, two draws and a defeat, Fenerbahce didn't have much of a positive start in Turkish Super Lig, but they improved the things last round when the side managed to get a precious victory over Besiktas at home with a 2:1 victory. Guiliano opened up the scoreline in 20th minute from the penalty kick, with the home team deserving it with their performance in the first halftime.
Both teams stood playing with a man less near the end of the first halftime being excluded, while the guests tried to respond in second and were a bit more concrete side, but the hosts doubled up the lead again via penalty from Jansse, while Babel reduced the deficit in 87th minute, just a minute after they conceded the second goal (in overall very hot atmosphere, Besiktas ended up playing with eight man, while the hosts finished the match with nine on the field). Fenerbahce is now standing at fourth position having five points less than leaders from Galatasaray and are in must win situation now.
Guests should continue also in 4-2-3-1 formation with Janssen as number nine and lone striker, plus Giuliano, Ekici and Valbuena as offenisve midfielders. Central defender Martin Skrtel (4/2) is injured, same as their important players offensive midfielder Nabil Dirar (5/1) who comes off from injury but the game should be too soon for him and forward Robin van Persie (2/0). Central defender Luis Neto (3/0) and left back Ismail Koybasi (5/0) are both suspended after picking red cards in previous league game.
- Akhisarspor have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Fenerbahce.
- Akhisarspor have won 7 of their last 8 home matches (Super Lig).
Visitors are going into this match with a boosted morale after their victory over Besiktas, while the players of Akhisar anyway remain with a really good record in front of own crowd and surely won't surrender that easily. Both teams to score and over goals seem so realistic bet for this clash.