Having failed to get good results in both Europe and the Super Lig, Beşiktaş are completely focused on the Galatasaray derby. Losing to Braga 2-1 this midweek with 0 wins in 3 games in Europe, the sole aim for the Black Eagles is to get a good result against their rivals and build up confidence.
However, Beşiktaş are struggling with injuries and this is directly affecting their team selection. Dorukhan Toköz, Douglas and Burak Yılmaz will miss the derby as they haven’t recovered. Victor Ruiz and Kevin N’Koudou’s availability will be clear before kick-off time. Diaby and Gökhan Gönül has been cleared to play.
Abdullah Avcı has set a plan and will be looking for his players to execute it properly. In the pre-match meeting, Avcı has demanded a win from his players, stating that it’s up to them do break this chain of bad results: “öğrencileri ile yaptığı toplantıda ise galibiyet istedi. Tecrübeli çalıştırıcı, kötü gidişi bitirmek için önlerinde büyük bir fırsat olduğunun altını çizerek “We have no choice but to win if we want to be in the race this season. It’s up to us to gain some confidence and start a streak. Our fans have been suffering for enough, we have to do it for them.”