17 January 2016

Football: Curtain falls in Super Lig’s first half


Turkish top football division Spor Toto Super Lig‘s first half will be ending this week as leaders Besiktas and runners-up Fenerbahce are vying to conclude their campaign on a high note.

Besiktas will host Torku Konyaspor at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul on Sunday. Besiktas’ back-up midfielder Tolgay Arslan is expected to miss due to ligament injury.

Besiktas are leading the league with 38 points.

The match will kick-off at 7 p.m. local time in Turkey (1700 GMT).

Trailing a point behind the leaders, Fenerbahce will play against Medicana Sivasspor at home on Monday.

Fenerbahce regulars, Portuguese winger Nani and Brazilian striker Fernandao are suspended for the match. Nani scored six goals and produced four assists in 15 league matches, and Fernandao scored six goals in 16 league games.

Fenerbahce’s opponents Medicana Sivasspor are in the 15th spot in the table, right above the relegation zone.

The match at Ulker Stadium Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Sports Complex will begin at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT).

Third-place Galatasaray — disappointing some fans with their performance following a successful campaign last year — will play away to Kayserispor on Sunday.

Galatasaray attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder will be missing the match against Kayserispor because of knee problems. The Dutch star is an integral part of the Lions, with four goals and five assists in 15 league matches.

The Lions striker Burak Yilmaz is expected to miss the match due to a strained thigh. Burak is one of the most important players for the club as the Turkish international scored seven league goals this season.

The Lions have collected 29 points in 16 league matches.

The match at Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri will start at 4 p.m. (1400 GMT).

 Super Lig fixtures:


Caykur Rizespor vs Medipol Basaksehir

Antalyaspor vs Gaziantepspor

Kasimpasa vs Trabzonspor

Dec. 27, Sunday:

Bursaspor vs Mersin Idmanyurdu

Kayserispor vs Galatasaray

Akhisar Belediyespor vs Osmanlispor

Besiktas vs Torku Konyaspor

Dec. 28, Monday:

Eskisehirspor vs Genclerbirligi

Fenerbahce vs Medicana Sivasspor

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