Leaders Fenerbahce approach 19th title this weekend
Friday, April 25, 2014
ANKARA - Matchday 31 in Turkish Spor Toto Super League starts Friday. The opening game of the week will be played between Genclerbirligi and Bursaspor in Ankara at 20:00.
Trabzonspor, fourth place in the standings, who have been fighting for UEFA Europa League challenge, will host Gaziantepspor on Saturday. The match in Trabzon will kick off at 19:00.
Galatasaray, who are third place in the league tables, will play away to Elazigspor on Sunday. The game in Elazig will start at 19:00. Galatasaray's Turkish left-back Hakan Balta is unable to play due to his red card suspension. In addition, Galatasaray may lack two injured regulars, Cameroonian centre-back Aurelien Chedjou and Ivorian star Didier Drogba.
League leaders Fenerbahce will play against Caykur Rizespor in Istanbul on Sunday. Fenerbahce may clinch their 19th league title even if they draw against Caykur Rizespor. The game in Sukru Saracoglu Stadium kicks off at 19:00. In Fenerbahce, Turkish centre-back Egemen Korkmaz, who has been suffering from knee injury, will not be able to play for this match.
Besiktas, aiming to complete the league in runners-up position to qualify for UEFA Champions League directly next season, will be hosted by Sivasspor on Sunday. The match in Sivas kicks off at 19:00.
Besiktas may lack several regulars due to injury problems, Czech centre-back Tomas Sivok, Turkish defender Ersan Gulum, Portuguese central midfielder Manuel Fernandes, Turkish winger Gokhan Tore who was shot in his shoulder, and Slovakian wing forward Filip Holosko. In addition to those injured, two left-backs of Besiktas, Turkish player Ismail Koybasi and Brazilian Ramon Motta have both red card suspensions. Meanwhile two central midfielders, Austrian Veli Kavlak and U.S.-German Jermaine Jones are both disqualified to play owing to their yellow card suspensions.
Fixture of the matchday 31 in Turkish Spor Toto Super League is as follows:
Genclerbirligi vs Bursaspor at 20:00
Trabzonspor vs Gaziantepspor at 19:00
Elazigspor vs Galatasaray at 19:00
Kayserispor vs Kardemir Karabukspor at 19:00
Torku Konyaspor vs Akhisar Belediyespor at 19:00
Fenerbahce vs Caykur Rizespor at 19:00
Eskisehirspor vs Kayseri Erciyesspor at 19:00
Sivasspor vs Besiktas at 19:00
Kasimpasa vs Medical Park Antalyaspor at 19:00
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