28 November 2019 15:33
Two Turkish Super League derbies to rock Istanbul over weekend The Turkish Super League will reach its climax over the weekend when leader Başakşehir visits third-spot Beşiktaş on April 13, one day before the Turkish classico, the Fenerbahçe-Galatasaray derby, only to reshuffle the cards. Başakşehir is comfortable on the top with 61 points, six more than its closest follower Galatasaray, only seven weeks before the league ends. "We will play against a team with powerful players and a powerful play," coach Abdullah Avcı said after a 2-0 win over Konyaspor last week. "It will be a beautiful weekend at the Turkish league," he said. "I hope it will witness beautiful games without any chaos.
We will try to attract everyone into this family of football." The biggest headache for him might be missing players with reports saying that center-back Alexandru Epureanu will not appear in the game due to injury. Mahmut Tekdemir, an experienced defender on the bench seems to be Avcı's first pick for the position. Former Barcelona member Arda Turan missed the Konyaspor game last week but started training with the team. Still, his condition is not clear. Gökhan İnler, another midfielder, is not on board for weeks due to injury.
Marcao's defensive partner, Christian Luyindama was also previously sent off in last week's Turkish Cup match against the same rival, so Galatasaray's defensive tandem won't be playing in the derby. The visitor hasn't got a win in Fenerbahçe's Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium in the Kadıköy district since December 1999. One of the Turkish league's big three, Fener is below expectations this season it collected a mere 32 points in the first 26 weeks and is in the 13th spot. It failed to beat Ankaragücü in April 7's league match. Beşiktaş rout Turkish Super Leauge leader Medipol Başakşehir 2-1 ISTANBUL Beşiktaş defeated the Turkish Super League leader Medipol Başakşehir 2-1 on April 13.
The Galatasaray winger clocked 32kph over 20 meters to be ranked at the top of the speed list. Onyekuru is loan at the Istanbul-based club from Premier League side Everton until the end of the 2018/19 season. The 21-year-old Nigerian has racked up 11 goals and three assists in 24 Super Lig appearances, making him one of the top performers for Gala. He has also recently broken back into the Nigerian national team set up under manager Gernot Rohr, and has racked up nine caps for the Super Eagles thus far. He celebrated his full debut for the senior team by scoring in the recent 3-1 win against Seychelles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Onyekuru was nominated for the Young Player of the Year at the NFF Awards but lost out to Villarreal's new kid on the block Samuel Chukwueze. Both players are expected to be included in Nigeria's final squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in June and July. One capped Nigeria striker Anthony Nwakaeme grab his ninth league goal of the season for Trabzonspor in their 4-1 win over Antalayaspor in a Turkish Super Lig clash on Friday. Nwakaeme got his name on the scoresheet in the 21st minutes of the encounter when he restored parity for his side after Souleymane Doukara had put the visitors ahead in the 9th minutes. In the second half, Nwakaeme set up his teammates Caleb Ekuban and Olcay Sahan as Trabzonspor made it 3-1. Murat Cem Akpinar scored the fourth goal to complete an impressive comeback win for Unal Karaman's side. Nwakaeme has now scored 10 goals across all competitions, including five in his last six games and nine in the Turkish top-flight this season. Trabzonspor placed fourth in the log, play Shehu Abdullahi Bursaspor next Friday. Stars Abroad Super Eagles Striker Puts Pressure On Teammates To Win Turkish Super Lig 21 hours ago Israel Iko Super Eagles striker Henry Onyekuru has put pressure on his teammates at Galatasaray as they aim to win the Turkish Super Lig title. The 21-year-old scored for Galatasaray in a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce on Sunday when he put his side ahead in the 66th minute before Eljif Elmas equalised for the hosts five minutes later. "When you play against your rival, it is a very important and nice feeling for a footballer to score in such a match. I'm happy to have this feeling, but it was a game we wanted to win," Onyekuru told Galatasaray's official website. "The score did not satisfy us. After this time, we have nothing to do. We have to put this match aside and prepare for each match separately. "You know anything can happen in football. There are five-point difference but every moment can be everything. We need to fix our mistakes, we need to work harder and continue without error. As I have just said, anything can happen at any moment." The champions missed a good chance to put pressure on leaders Istanbul Basaksehir who lost 2-1 to Besiktas on Saturday. Fathi Terim's men trailed Basaksehir with five points with six games remaining before the end of the campaign. Onyekuru has scored 12 goals in 26 league appearances for Galatasaray this season.