Our prediction for this Turkey Super Lig match:
Fenerbahce will be aiming to put an end to their seven-game winless run in the Turkish Super Lig when they restart the season with a match against Kayserispor at their Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi. Fener have slim chances of winning the domestic trophy, but they are still in the race for a place in European competitions.
The situation in the Fenerbahce dressing room, though, is anything but great, as interim manager Zeki Murat Gole was determined to quit his job before the coronavirus football break. Fener have yet to find a replacement for Zeki Murat Gole, but the footballers will surely leave their hearts on the field as they are hungry for football. Kayserispor, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Yeni Malatyaspor, and they managed to get one. The rock-bottom side regained a much-need confidence just before the break, and seeing that Fenerbahce will be without key player Max Kruse in Friday’s showdown, we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Nabil Dirar):
Moroccan footballer Nabil Dirar is a left winger for AS Monaco. The 30-year-old Casablanca-born winger arrived at Monaco in 2012 from Belgian side Club Brugge, where he spent four seasons. A mainstay with the Belgian side, Dirar increasingly stood out by his on and off pitch behavior as the Morocco international was known to get in frequent altercations with opposing players, but his own teammates which had often resulted in Dirar being sent to train and play for the reserves.
His €7.5 million sale to AS Monaco was the highest transfer fee ever received by Club Brugge. Nabil Dirar made a good use of the change of scenery by going on to become one of AS Monaco’s key performers. The 30-year-old winger racked up impressive nine Ligue 1 assists in 2015-16 season, prompting increased interest from European clubs.
Serie A giants Lazio were reported to be interested in the Monaco player, who will have an important role to play during his club’s Champions League participation.
Highlighted Team (Fenerbahce):
Fenerbahce are one of the biggest football clubs in Turkey. The Kanaryalar were founded on 3 May, 1907 as Fenerbahce Futbol Kulubu. Fener won their first domestic trophy in 1959 and they quickly established themselves as one of the main forces in Turkish football.
In 2014 Fenerbahce clinched their 19th league title, with the team finishing the season nine points clear of Besiktas. Galatasaray are considered Fener’s bitterest rivals and the two teams face each other in Kitalar Arasi Derbi. The rivalry between the clubs started back in 1934, when a friendly between the two teams was abandoned due to riots. Besiktas are regarded as Fenerbahce’s big rivals as well.
The likes of Mujdat Yetkiner, Zeki Riza Sporel, Aykut Kocaman, Emre Belozoglu, Alex, Nicolas Anelka, Diego Lugano, Roberto Carlos and Dirk Kuyt are famous footballers who played for the club in the past. The Kanaryalar play their home games at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1908. Fener’s home kits are navy blue and yellow.