Fenerbahce vs Kasimpasa by Isaiah
Fenerbahce suffered surprising defeat last weekend away to Antalyaspor, conceding no less than four goals in their 4:2 defeat. It was simply a game where nothing worked in their favor, neither they had a decent day, since the hosts took the lead near the end of the first halftime via Eto'o, while the hosts pressed more at the start of the second half and easily cruised to a 3:0 lead thanks to goals from Danilo and Makoun.
Visitors tried to respond, but without creating really great chances, but still managed to reduce the deficit via Alves in 85th, while Aytac increased to 4:1, with van Persie scoring in fifth minute of additional time for the final 4:2 result. After this defeat, Fenerbahce remained at the first position, but now with only two points difference in comparison to second placed Besiktas, as the team now remains under pressure and in a must win situations. In front of own fans, they did more than well so far with eight victories and two draws, so there is no doubt that their only target for this one is another three pointer at home. Fener should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Nani, Sen and Fernandao as strikers. Central defender Abdoulaye Ba (4/0) is injured, while suspended for this game are defensive midfielders Souza (18/1) and Mehmet Topal (20/0).
Kasimpasa, on the other side, comes from a narrow 0:1 defeat at home against Gencelrbirligi in quite an undeserved manner. They were better during the most of the time, but the visitors were standing well in the defense and just waited for their chance which came near the end of the match when the hosts stood playing with a man less in 77th minute when right full back Popov got excluded. Six minutes later, visitors took the lead with a goal from Kahveci out of rare chances for them overall during the ninety minutes.
This defeat was their fourth consecutive negative result, fourth consecutive match without a victory, as the team remained at seventh position, now having three points less than fourth and Europa League placed Basaksehir. Away from home, they did more than well with 4-4-1 record so far, with only six goals conceded in nine matches. Kasimpasa will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Buyuk as lonely striker. Orhan Sam (no performance this season, right full back), midfielder Ezequiel Scarione (17/4), forward Ismail Ayaz (also no performance this season) are injured and out for this one. Suspended is right full back Strahil Popov (2/0). Doubtful are midfielder Abdullah Durak (12/0) and Eren Derdiyok (forward 20/9) due to minor injuries, but probably won't perform.
Fenerbahce go into this one in order to recover from their setback last week against Antalyaspor and there is no doubt that the whole team will be very motivated to obtain an easy three pointer. Kasimpasa already over performed a bit in their matches away from home and with quite a few players out, I don't see them being specially competitive for this one as well.