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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Preview Lokomotiv - Besiktas.

Locomotiva Бешикташ 
Thursday, October 22nd 2015
(Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow)
19:00 Lokomotiv Moscow Besiktas

Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (BEL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Wim Smet (BEL) 
Fourth Official: Dirk Gilon (BEL) 
UEFA Referee Observer:Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Virgar Hvidbro (FRO)

No precedents in the Europa League.

AbsentsPejcinovic (injured), Sheshukov (injured), Tarasov (injured).
In doubt: //

Lokomotiv: 2 (in RPL).
Besiktas: 1 (in the Super Lig).

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

-NTV. Commentators: Vladislav Baturin and Elvin Kerimov.


Lokomotiv are going to face Besiktas in the third round of the Europa League's group stage in a very good mood after the exciting victory against Spartak. 

Lokomotiv and Besiktas have met each other only in the third preliminary round of the Champions League 2000/2001. The Turkish club won both matches: 3:0 in Istanbul and 1:3 in Moscow. The only goal of Lokomotiv was scored by the current head coach Igor' Cherevchenko

Lokomotiv's record against Turkish teams: 6 games | 2V, 1D, 3L (home - 1V, 0D, 2L; away - 1V, 1D, 1L). Besiktas' record against Russian teams: 7 games | 3V, 1D, 3L (home - 2V, 1D, 1L; away - 0V, 1D, 2L).

Regarding the latest team news, Mykhalyk is expected to be in the starting line-up in order to replace Tarasov, who was subbed off against Spartak as well as Pejcinovic, who suffered a problem with the thigh muscles. As a consequence, the Ukrainian defender could play his 50th game in the European competitions. The Serbian defender's place, instead, could be taken by Logashov

The biggest ex of the game Manuel Fernandes commented the upcoming match: "I think Lokomotiv are the favorite. It'll be a tough match, but we're going to play in front of our fans and we want to keep the first place. The game will be balanced and the team with less mistakes will win. I'd very happy to give Cherevchenko some information about my former team. In this moment, I'm happy in Moscow and I can't wait to stay there for the next years." However, the Portuguese midfielder should stay on the bench. His performance this season have been really disappointing. 

Cherevchenko analyzing the future opponent refused the Fernandes' help and said: "They've got a strong squad. I've seen their last three matches and I was surprised by their line of attack. However, we're ready to face them without any fear. The next two games could be crucial to pass the group stage. I didn't asked Fernandes anything about them. The day before yesterday I spoke with Bilic, I've got a great relationship with him. However, we didn't talk about Besiktas."

Besiktas, instead, are currently leading the Super Lig's table. The arrival of former Bursaspor head coach Senol Gunes let the team to continue the project started under Bilic. "The Black Eagles" play a very offensive football characterized by the presence of a solid midfield together with many creative players in the line of attack. 

It'd be interesting to watch the game of Beck, who was close to join Lokomotiv some years ago and who has got Russian roots. One of the most dangerous players, instead, is Gokhan Tore, who played with Rubin Kazan' in the RPL and therefore could give some advice to his teammates about Lokomotiv. Furthermore, the last transfers window carried a striker like Gomez and brought Quaresma back to Istanbul, giving a real mediatic prominence to Besiktas. The most interesting talents of the teams are Ozyakup, Uysal and Tosun. However, only the first one should be in the starting line-up. 

After the chants sang during the game against Skenderbeu, UEFA banned Lokomotiv to sell the tickets for the tomorrow's match to some sectors. However, a good attendance is still waited and in particular many Besiktas fans should attend the game. Regarding the atmosphere at Lokomotiv Stadium, Kasaev said: "I'm confident that the match will be played in a good atmosphere without any sort of problem. Besiktas will be supported by many warm fans, but this is not why we should wait some provocations."

The game will be tough for both Lokomotiv and Besiktas. May the best team win.

Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin -  Corluka - Logashov - Denisov
N'Dinga - Mykhalyk 
Samedov - Kolomeytsev - Kasaev
Besiktas (4-2-3-1)
Tosic - Gulum - Rhodolfo - Beck 
Hutchinson - Ozyakup
Tore - Sosa - Quaresma 

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