Besiktas hosts Rizespor in the Turkish Cup 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 13th at Vodafone Park (Istanbul)
Besiktas misfired on Sunday. The Eagles held a bright match on the field of Hatayspor but could not stop the leader of the opponent, Aaron Boupendza. The Gabonese forward scored a double by the 23rd minute. However, the favorite responded with two goals - Aboubakar and Larin scored after Ghezzal's passes. Besiktas did not seize a chance to break away from the neighboring rivals, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray. At the same time, an impressive streak was interrupted - taking into account the cup, Sergen Yalcin's charges were able to win six times in a row before that.
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Rizespor has a lot of curious players. The Ukrainian “landing force” is now reduced to one footballer, Mykola Morozyuk. However, the ex-captain of Dynamo Kyiv is one of the three most used players in the club. Besides, the coaching staff count on the Tunisian Meriah, the Ghanaian Donsah, the Czech Skoda, and, most importantly, the Frenchman Remy. Loic is still good. This forward has already scored six goals, and so far, he remains the top scorer of Rizespor. Stjepan Tomas' wards lack stability, and their successful streaks are replaced by recessions. In December, after two victories in three rounds, the Black Sea Hawks couldn’t win in four matches in a row. Moreover, the team played a draw three times, including on January 10 against Denizlispor. The defeat in the last match was close, but Ruzgar scored an equalizer in the 93rd minute. Nevertheless, the club's intermediate results are good enough. Rizespor has already scored 21 points in 17 meetings, which is 5 points more than that of Kayserispor that is the best among four outsiders. Can the Hawks give all forces in the cup?
On January 6, the clubs played in Istanbul and Besiktas won 6-0. In general, Rizespor was able to escape defeat in only one out of 10 last meetings (an away draw in 2019). The difference in class is obvious, and the stronger one plays at home. Besiktas must confirm its status of the favorite even before the break.
Prediction for the match: Besiktas to win the first half and the match