Preview: Fenerbahce vs. Trabzonspor

Preview: Fenerbahce vs. Trabzonspor

Fenerbahce will aim to keep pace with Super Lig leaders Galatasaray when Trabzonspor visit the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Thursday evening.

Occupying second place in the table, the Yellow Canaries sit five points behind their bitter rivals, while Trabzonspor find themselves seventh – 20 points shy of Fener.

Fenerbahce have not given up hope of claiming their first Super Lig title since 2013-14, as they remain within touching distance of Galatasaray ahead of the final few matches of the season.

When the league leaders notched a colossal 14-game winning streak between October and March – defeating Fenerbahce 3-0 at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in January – the title race appeared to be over.

However, Jorge Jesus’s men have suffered a solitary defeat in 14 Super Lig outings since losing to Galatasaray, picking up 10 wins along the way, with 12 victories coming in their previous 17 league matches.

Although the Yellow Canaries have drawn three of their last four games across all competitions – including a goalless draw in the first leg of their Turkish Cup semi-final showdown with Sivasspor – they enter Thursday’s clash on an eight-match unbeaten run.

On top of that, Fener are the Super Lig’s top scorers this season, having netted 76 goals in 31 games, while in-form striker Enner Valencia has racked up 27 goals in 28 league appearances, notching six braces, one hat-trick and a four-goal haul for good measure.

Preview: Fenerbahce vs. Trabzonspor – prediction, team news, lineups

It is worth remembering that Trabzonspor finished eight points clear of second-placed Fenerbahce to clinch the Super Lig title last season, suffering just three defeats in 38 matches to end their 38-year title drought.

Fast forward to the present day, however, and the reigning champions find themselves 25 points shy of table-topping Galatasaray after losing 11 of their 31 games this term, with four defeats coming in their previous six outings.

The Black Sea Storm ended a five-match winless run with a 2-0 victory over Ankaragucu last time out, with Umut Bozok bagging a brace following a 10th-minute red card for Ankaragucu defender Stelios Kitsiou.

Still, there is no hiding the fact that Trabzonspor have endured a torrid time on the road of late, losing seven of their previous eight away league games while collecting an awarded win over Gaziantep back in March.

Excluding that victory, Nenad Bjelica’s men have failed to win any of their last nine away encounters in the Super Lig, letting in 24 goals in the process, so they look destined to concede against free-scoring Fenerbahce.

Fenerbahce Turkish Super Lig form:

Fenerbahce form (all competitions):

Trabzonspor Turkish Super Lig form:

We say: Fenerbahce 3-1 Trabzonspor
While Fenerbahce have won 10 of their 15 home league games this season – scoring at least two goals on 11 occasions – Trabzonspor have lost nine of their 15 away matches.

With that in mind, we expect the Yellow Canaries to notch another high-scoring victory at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, enhancing their title bid while heaping more away-day misery on Trabzonspor.

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