Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Emenike will be in the thick of action in one of the biggest derby clashes in the Turkish Super Lig as Fenerbahce play host to Besiktas tomorrow at the 53,586-capacity Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. And with the big Nigerian striker set to lead his team’s attack against one of their biggest rivals, Emenike would be hoping to deliver the goals that would help Fenerbahce close the gap on Besiktas in the race towards the Turkish league title.
After 24 rounds of matches, 3 clubsides, Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, lead the three-horse race for the Turkish league title. Besiktas currently lead the league table with 54 points while Galatasaray are second on the log with 52 points while Fenerbahce are third with 50 points. This setting could change this weekend if Galatasaray win on their road trip to 10th placed Kasimpasa today and provided Fenerbahce can also make home advantage count against Besiktas.
Coach Ismail Kartal is likely to deploy Emenike in a three-pong attack alongside Mousa Sow and Dirk Kuyt. And though the Nigerian international has lower goals return of 4 goals to his co-strikers who has 8 goals each, Emenike’s energy and work rate has always stand him in good stead to lead Fenerbahce’s attack while the other forwards play off him.
With Fenerbahce and Besiktas set to know the result of Galatasaray’s clash with Kasimpasa today, it remains to be seen how that outcome will influence Fenerbahce’s and Besiktas’ approach to their own derby cracker tomorrow. What is however sure is that whatever result Galatasaray recorded against Kasimpasa, it will in no way dampen the competitiveness of tomorrow’s derby clash as both Fenerbahce and Besiktas will be going all out for a win to enhance their respective chances of winning the title.