IBKS vs GAZ Dream Match Preview: Istanbul Basaksehirhas will be looking to pounce to the first spot in the Turkish League as they take on Gaziantep for their 24th fixture. Istanbul has won three of their last four games and is two points behind Trabzonspor, Galatasaray and Sivasspor who’ve got 48 points on board. As for Gaziantep, they are currently 9th in the league with 31 points and has won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five games.
Date- Monday, March 2
Kick-Off- 10:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium
Fredrik Gulbrandsen and Mehmet Topal are out injured for the hosts. Enzo Crivelli has undergone his suspension tenure and will be expected to feature in the starting lineup. With Crivelli back in contention, he should partner along Demba to lead the attack.
The visitors also have a couple of injuries with Patrick Twumasi and Jefferson ruled out due to injury. Patrick Twumasi could persist with a back three of Kana-Biyik, Tosca and Djilobodji. Ceylan, Twumasi, Maxim, Sousa and Morais could fill in at midfield, while Demir and Kayode lead the attack.
IBKS (Expected Playing 11)- Gunok; Clichy, Epureanu, Ponck, Caicara; Elia, Kahveci, Tekdemir, Visca; Crivelli, Ba
GAZ (Expected Playing 11)- Guvenc; Kana-Biyik, Tosca, Djilobodji; Ceylan, Twumasi, Maxim, Sousa, Morais; Demir, Kayode
Edin Visca has been one of the standouts for Istanbul Basaksehir. Visca has bagged eight goals and has nine assists with a pass accuracy of 75% from 23 appearances this season.
Olarenwaju Kayode will be the main man up top for Gaziantep. Kayode has eight goals, six assists and has a pass accuracy of 70% from 1609 minutes in the league this season.
Demba Ba can also pack a punch for Istanbul Basaksehir. The former Newcastle United man has seven goals and an assist from 947 minutes in the league this season.
Alexandru Maxim has done well in his limited appearances for Gaziantep. Maxim has two goals from four appearances with a pass accuracy of 74%
Istanbul Basaksehir are the favourites heading into the match.
Goalkeeper- G Guvenc
Defenders- O Ceylan, J Caicara, C Ponck, A Epureanu
Midfielders- A Maxim, E Visca, M Tekdemir
Forwards- E Crivelli (c), D Ba (vc), D Ba