With six rounds to go , the 28th round of the Turkish Super League brings the long-awaited derby match between the two biggest rivals in country, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
However, at this point the leading Fenerbache sit 10 points clear on the top, while the home side, Galatasaray, is currently 3 points below the second placed team, Besiktas, but also have one game less played.
Fenerbache practially won the title, but for the home side, they will have to fight for the 2nd place which leads into Champions league next season.
At the start of the season these two teams weigh the strength in the Turkish Super Cup, and then the current champion Galatasaray on neutral ground won 1-0, while in the autumn part of the season Fenerbahce in front of their fans came to 2-0 win.
In the last five matches Roberto Mancini’s men have failed to win. Specifically, in the championship they enrolled two draws and one defeat in the first semi-final match of the national Cup against Bursa (2-2), while recently they were eliminated from the Champions League after 2-0 away defeat to Chelsea FC.
For the biggest derby game, Mancini is faced with a growing number of absences, and so on Sunday due to injuries Galatasaray will be without defender Chedjou, midfielders duo Altintop and Colak, while striker Didier Drogba will be ready.
As for Fenerbahce, they are currently the leading team in championship, with as many as 10 points more that the first companions Galatasaray and Besiktas, which probably means that the new title of the Turkish champions smiles to them.
However, to get it in the remaining seven rounds must they have to continue to play at the same pace as in the last four games in which they won the maximum 12 points.
In addition, and the abandoned match with Trabzonspor will likely to be resolved in a favor of Fener, so it’s really hard to believe that a strong team like this until the end of the season can drop advantage of as many as 13 points.
However, coach Yanal certainly wants to avoid defeat in the biggest Turkish derby so he announced that that he will send the strongest lineup currently available.
It actually means that Fenerbache again should play in a very offensive 4-3-3 formation, in which due to injuries Kadlec, Holmen and Cristian are sidelined.
Team Probable lineups
Galatasaray : Muslera – Eboue, Kaya, Balta, Telles – Kurtulus, Felipe Melo, Inan – Sneijder – Burak Yilmaz, Bulut
Fenerbache : Demirel – Gonul, Irtegun, Alves, Erkin – Emre, Topal, Meireles – Kuyt, Emenike, Sow