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Gaziantep FK vs. Fenerbahçe match preview, prediction, kick-off time, lineups, head to head, live streaming

The current leader of the Turkish Süper Lig, Fenerbahçe, is set to face Gaziantep FK in an away match for the 20th week. 

Having triumphed over Istanbulspor 5-1 and Konyaspor 7-1 in their last two matches, Fenerbahçe aims to maintain their advantage at the top by overcoming Gaziantep FK.

Under the management of head coach İsmail Kartal, Fenerbahçe currently leads the Super Lig with 50 points, holding a 2-point lead over their pursuer, Galatasaray.

In 19 league matches, Fenerbahçe secured 16 victories, 2 draws, and suffered 1 defeat, scoring 56 goals while conceding 16.

Bonucci may make his debut

Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, recently added to Fenerbahçe’s squad during the winter transfer window, might find a place in the lineup against Gaziantep FK.

The 36-year-old center-back, whose license has been approved, could wear the yellow-navy jersey if head coach İsmail Kartal decides to give him a chance.

Bonucci - Fenerbahçe training

5 absent players for Fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe will be without 5 players in the match against Gaziantep FK.

Miguel Crespo, who is recovering from an injury, along with Rodrigo Becao and Miha Zajc, who are undergoing individual training, will be absent in this challenging match.

In addition to these players, Alexander Djiku, representing Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations, and Bright Osayi-Samuel, part of Nigeria’s national team, will also be unavailable.

Probable lineup

Fenerbahçe: Livakovic, Mert, Serdar Aziz, Oosterwolde, Ferdi Kadıoğlu, İsmail Yüksek, Fred, Szymanski, Cengiz Ünder, Tadic, Dzeko.

Jayden Oosterwolde nearing card limit

Jayden Oosterwolde for Fenerbahçe is currently on the brink of suspension due to accumulating yellow cards.

If the Dutch young player receives a yellow card, he will be unable to play in the Samsunspor match.

Fenerbahçe unbeaten away

Fenerbahçe played 9 away matches this season. They defeated Samsunspor, MKE Ankaragücü, Alanyaspor, Kasımpaşa, Pendikspor, Beşiktaş, Kayserispor, and İstanbulspor, collecting 25 points, and drew against Adana Demirspor. With this performance, Fenerbahçe is the team that has collected the most points away from home in the league. In the last 3 away matches, Fenerbahçe scored 12 goals.

Fenerbahçe team celebrating

The league’s top-scoring team

Fenerbahçe, with 50 points in the first 19 weeks of the Super Lig, scored in 17 of these matches. The team’s offensive prowess is reflected in the statistics, as the yellow and navy blues scored a total of 56 goals. Bosnian player Edin Dzeko, with his 16 goals, is leading the goal-scoring charts in the Super Lig while carrying his team on his back.

Gaziantep FK unbeaten in the last 4 matches

Gaziantep FK suffered a 3-1 defeat to Trabzonspor in the 15th week of the league, but in the subsequent weeks, they secured 1 victory and 3 draws.

The Southeast representative, displaying a fluctuating performance in the league, managed to win only one of the last 7 matches played.

3 home victories for Gaziantep FK

In previous seasons, Gaziantep FK was a formidable force at home, but this season, they have won only 3 matches in front of their fans.

2 missing players for Gaziantep FK

Due to their participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, Bikel and Gradel from Gaziantep FK will be unavailable for the match.

Additionally, three players with three yellow cards each, namely Ogün Özçiçek, Mustafa Eskihellaç, Dragus, and Markovic, could miss the next match against EMS Yapı Sivasspor in the 21st week if they receive a yellow card in this encounter.

The red-black team does not have any suspended or injured players.

Fenerbahçe team celebrating

Gaziantep vs. Fenerbahçe head to head

Gaziantep FK and Fenerbahçe have faced each other 9 times in the history of the Super Lig. Fenerbahçe has been superior in terms of victories with a score of 7-2 against their opponent since the 2019-2020 season in the Super Lig. During this period, Fenerbahçe scored 23 goals, and Gaziantep FK responded with 11 goals. Fenerbahçe won the match played in the first week of this season in Kadıköy with a score of 2-1.

Matches in Gaziantep

Fenerbahçe has faced Gaziantep FK away from home 4 times. The home team won two of these matches, while the yellow and navy blues secured 3 points in the other two. During this period, both teams celebrated with 7 goals each. In the last match played in Gaziantep, Fenerbahçe emerged victorious with a score of 2-1, thanks to Enner Valencia’s two goals.

Gaziantep vs. Fenerbahçe date, kick-off time, live streaming

The match between Gaziantep FK and Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Süper Lig will take place at Kalyon Stadium and kick off at 19:00 on Sunday January 14th.

Referee Tugay Kaan Numanoğlu will officiate the match.

The encounter will be broadcasted on beIN Sports.

Fenerbahçe celebrate

Gaziantep vs. Fenerbahçe prediction

Fenerbahçe, securing the leadership in the last match with a point difference, is heading to the challenging Gaziantep FK away game. Making a quick start to the mid-season transfer period and eager to win the championship, the yellow and navy team aims to defeat Gaziantep FK away in the first match of the league’s second half.

Having remained unbeaten in away matches this season, being the highest-scoring team in the league, and regaining their former form in the last two matches with the recovery of injuries and the return of suspended players, we expect Fenerbahçe to win this match.

(fenerbahcefootball.com)

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