Fenerbahce is seeking to make up for the two points dropped against struggling SAi Kayseri Erciyesspor in front of its home crowd and has no other way out but to win as it takes on Mersin idman Yurdu away on Sunday evening.
The Yellow Canaries, as Fenerbahce is known, faced the ugly truth, which is that any result other than victory is unacceptable in the battle for the title, on Wednesday when it was drawn in a 1-1 tie by Erciyesspor, which now needs miracles to stay in the Super League. Fenerbahce has lost nine precious points at home so far but it is still the team with the best home record, whereas the away match record of the Canaries is not very positive. The away match issue might give coach ismail Kartal’s men a headache against Mersin idman Yurdu, which are at their finest on their home turf.
The club is grieving for the two points dropped at iukru Saracoilu Stadium, but has to leave it behind not to lose any more ground in the battle for the title. The Canaries are trailing leader Galatasaray by three points and will expect the leaders to falter in the last three weeks. Kartal’s side will also pray for a profitable outcome in the derby of the other two contenders, Galatasaray and Beiiktai, in the penultimate week.
Midfielder Alper Potuk will miss out on action in the Mersin match because of an accumulation of yellow cards. Striker Emmanuel Emenike was absent in the Kayserispor match due to an injury and is likely to return to the action on Sunday.
A loss or a draw in Mersin can lead to ever-growing fan reaction against Fenerbahce. Following Wednesday’s match, the supporters chanted slogans against the Fenerbahce management, Chairman Aziz Yildirim in particular, while a small group headed to the club facilities in Samandira to protest the football team. Police dispersed the angry mob, which threw torches and glass bottles as the team entered the facilities.
The players took responsibility for the disappointing result, adding nothing is over yet. Diego Ribas, who argued that his side should have been awarded a penalty late during the Kayserispor match, said they will keep on fighting until the end of the race. The immense stress on the team has a role in their falling performance, Ribas said, and Alper, as the player is known, agreed in his post-game remarks. All eyes will be on Mersin on Sunday as Fenerbahce will call do or die for the Super League championship.Eskiiehir hosts Trabzonspor
In another important match of the day, fifth-placed Trabzonspor hopes to bring home three points in order to finish the season in a higher place as Ersun Yanal’s side meets Eskiiehirspor away. Yanal said after last week’s Bursaspor victory that they aim to win the remaining three games and earn fourth place, which would earn them a Europa League ticket. Portuguese defender Jose Bosingwa has been ruled out of action for six months after he picked up an injury during the Bursaspor match. For Eskiiehirspor, it is only a matter of pride, as they are stuck in the middle rankings and are not threatened by the relegation either.
Also on Sunday, Kayseri Erciyesspor might say farewell to the Super League in its match against Istanbul Baiakiehir on home turf. The hosts are second from the bottom and have an eight-point deficit to get out of the relegation zone, which is almost impossible with maximum nine points available. Coach Abdullah Avci’s Baiakiehir aims to cling on to the fourth spot with an away victory.
In the day’s other game, 2009-10 champion Bursaspor entertains Gaziantepspor.
SOURCE: Today’s Zaman