Fenerbahce vs Hatayspor Match Analysis & Prediction
27/12/2022 8:00 pm
In the final set of fixtures in the Turkish Super Lig this year, Fenerbahce will be looking to regain their lead at the top of the table when they host Hatayspor a Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday.
The hosts dropped to second place when Galatasaray defeated Istanbulspor 2-1 over the weekend, while Hatayspor are narrowly above the relegation line.
After Fenerbahce were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute last week, Trabzonspor took full advantage, going ahead four minutes later before scoring in the 11th minute of stoppage time to win 2-0.
Fenerbahce now return home to the friendly confines of Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, where they are unbeaten after 90 minutes in any of their competitive matches played there in 2022-23.
Jorge Jesus’ side have not lost a domestic match at home since a 1-0 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir last season, leading the division in goals with 36 after 14 games.
Scoring goals has seemed relatively easy for Fener this season, but the same cannot be said about their upcoming opponents, who have only managed 13 in the Super Lig so far, tied for the second-fewest behind Kasipmasa.
Hatayspor head into the contest in search of their third away victory in the Super Lig this season, having earned points in just two away matches to date.
Volkan Demirel, now Hatayspor head coach, enjoyed tremendous success as a player at Fenerbahce, winning five Super Lig title in the 2000s along with back-to-back Turkish Cups.
Early in his tenure at Hatayspor, the 41-year-old has employed an attacking 4-3-3 formation which has been somewhat successful, as his side have points in six of their eight league matches played since he took charge.
Hatayspor have conceded in five successive matches across all competitions, though their previous domestic clean sheet came on the road last month when they beat Istanbuslpor 1-0.
Fenerbahce vs. Hatayspor Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just four occasions, where Fenerbahce have claimed three victories while they have drawn once. Fener have scored six goals and conceded two in the process.
Fenerbahce Team News
Enner Valencia, who leads the division with 13 goals this season, came off the bench in the previous Fenerbahce encounter, and he is looking for his first goal domestically since November 12.
Ezgjan Alioski is not expected to recover from his hamstring strain until the middle of next month, and Miguel Crespo will not be available through suspension.
Fenerbahce's Last 5 Matches
Hatayspor Team News
Bertug Yildirim scored the opener for Hatayspor over the weekend, while Ayoub El Kaabi has a goal in five of his last eight matches across all competitions.
Ze Luis has scored in two of their previous three home matches, while Erce Kardesler is looking for his first clean sheet since November 13th.
Hatayspor's Last 5 Matches
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Fenerbahce vs. Hatayspor: Odds and Predictions
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