Best team in league so far this season (in front of big tree Fener, Galata and Besiktas) continue with great form in 2018. Always strong at home (7-1-0 19:7), in with nice squad with some world famous names like Gael Clichy (Arsenal, Man City), Emre (with 37 years still show quality), Eljero Elia, Emmanuel Adebayor and some others they didnt sell any player (one unimportant player with 4 caps left), they add Arda Turan from Barcelona (last round made debut, come to play last 25 min and scored). They also loaned Rijad Bajis from Udinese (last season in Turkey Superleague scored 17 goals for Konyaspor). So they have all, quality, form, fan support, big motivation..and oponent
Team news: Kerim Frei (mf 17/3) is back in team, Attamah (df 17/3) is suspended. E Elia should be back after winter break
Karabukspor is last team on table and convincigly worst in league. Last win they made 29/11 vs this oponents (but in 2nd game Istanbul eliminated tehm from cup), last league win was in october. They had really bad 1st half of season but 2nd can be just worse. Reason is simple, theyx lost all key players in winter break (lost last week, first round after break home 2-0 v weak Genclerbirligi).
Serdar Deliktas (att 6/0), Gabriel Torje (mf 15/3), Cristian Tanase (mf 14/0), Valerica Gaman (df 10/0), Ceyhun Gulselam (mf 14/0), Baris Basdas (df 13/0), Ahmet Sahin (gk 3 caps), Yevhen Selezynov (att 13/1), Dany Nounkeu (df 11/0), Gheorghe Grozav (att 14/2), Mustapha Yatabare (att 15/6), Paul Papp (df 14/0), Andre Poko (mf 157/0), Ilhan Depe (mf 15/0)
Interesting, they scored just 14 goals and ofensive players which left team scored 12 team goals. Other two goals was own goals. As we can see almost all key players left. There are just two-tree left, first two are suspended for this game – Luis Ibanez (df 12/0), and Skulason (mf 10/0), other is Zengin (df 12 /0), probably out injured. New signing Hage from Belgium cannot play.