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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Preview Besiktas - Lokomotiv.

Бешикташ Locomotiva  
Thursday, November 5th 2015
(Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul)
17:00 Besiktas Lokomotiv Moscow

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER) 
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA) 
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

Lokomotiv - Besiktas 1-1: 54' Maicon; 64' Gomez. 

AbsentsPejcinovic (injured), Corluka (disqualified), Tarasov (injured).
In doubt: Mykhalyk (injured), Kasaev (injured).

Besiktas: 1 (in the Super Lig).
Lokomotiv: 3 (in the RPL).

Streaming (available half an hour before the start of the match):

-NTV. Commentators: Aleksey Andronov.


Disappointment. This is the most common word around the Lokomotiv fans before the crucial game against Besiktas. 'Railroaders' have lost the last three games in a row and all of them underlined the Cherevchenko's weaknesses. 

Both Gadzhiev and Berdyev are two well-experienced coaches that defeated the young Cherevchenko. The Tajik coach would do well to learn the lesson of these experiences. The game against Kuban', instead, can be seen as a long series of unlucky events. Although Lokomotiv has faced the match with the wrong attitude, the red-greens had many chance to equalize the score and to earn at least a point. Niasse missed some great chances, while Logashov gifted them three goals. This is why Lokomotiv lost at Kuban Stadium.

Today, 'Railroaders' have landed in Istanbul and will have a training at Ataturk Stadium. Tarasov, who is still injured as well as Pejcinovic, stayed in Moscow in order to try being fit for the Sunday's match against Zenit. Corluka, instead, flew with his teammates despite the long suspension (4 games). Mykhalyk and Kasaev are doubtful. The former should be replaced by Logashov, who should couple with Durica. The latter, instead, has got some physical problems and one between Grigorjev and Maicon should take his place. Fernandes is likely to start instead of Aleksey Miranchuk

Besiktas, instead, is one of the most in form teams in the whole European football. They lead the Turkish League table, where they've also provided some great performance. In the last round they were stopped by Kasimpasa that earned a good point in Istanbul. However, the Gunes'XI is ready to face Lokomotiv at 100%. The former Bursaspor's head coach should rely on the similar line-up that played in Moscow and got a sensational victory for 1:5 against Antalyaspor

This match is crucial for the future of Lokomotiv. Another defeat would confirm the deep crisis before the game against Zenit. A victory, instead, would help psychologically the team and also would mean earning three important points against a direct opponent for the qualification. Anything could happen. We must stay close to the team and support the players. Together we are stronger. 

Besiktas (4-2-3-1)
Beck - Gulum - Rhodolfo - Koybasi
Hutchinson - Uysal 
Tore - Ozyakup - Quaresma 
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin -  Logashov - Durica - Denisov
N'Dinga - Kolomeytsev
Samedov - Fernandes - Maicon

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