On one hand, the leader team, Sivasspor-it has 34 points- will receive at its 4 Eylül Stadium-on Saturday at 13:00 cet- the powerful Galatasaray-it is third in the standing with 33 points- which is probably the best Turkish squad and it arrives to this game after an excellent last results (its last defeat was last November 9, when it lost the Istanbul´s derby against Fenerbahçe, 4-1) and also with some calm after the extension of contracts of players such as the hard central defender Servet Cetin, the good left back Hakan Balta and the centre midfielder Ayhan Akman-15 games with Turkish national team-. But this Saturday´s game will not be easy for Galatasaray for several reasons, because on the one hand, the coach Michael Skibbe will have trouble in the starting lineup, because he will have absence: some are important like the absence of the elegant Harry Kewell, the hard Tobias Linderoth and the competitive Hasan Şaş; others not so important as the central defender Emre Güngör-he was sent off in the last game- and the injured Ugur Ucar-right back-, the striker Serkan Calik and the central defender Murat Akca; and besides it is very doubtful the play of 3 essential players: the hard Servet Cetin, the elegant Lincoln-both are very important because Cetin is the leader of the defensive zone and Lincoln is a brilliant player and he can decide a match in any time with his goals or assists (his numbers are for the moment: 7 goals and 14 assists this season in the Süper Lig)- and striker Shabani Nonda, although his absence is not as important because the team has the formidable Milan Baros, who is having an excellent performance-14 goals and 5 assists in 14 Lig games- and besides we can find in the squad a worker striker like Ümit Karan. Another negative aspect is that Galatasaray will play in poor ground conditions, which favours Sivasspor, which is showing an excellent level during this season with only 2 defeats and being a very solid team when it plays at home(7 wins and 1 draw with 17 goals scored and 4 received)thanks to the good work of players like the experienced goalkeeper Michael Petkovic-this is his 7th season in Turkey-, the Brazilian central defender Fabio Bilica-former player of the youth Brazilian national team and he arrived to Turkey after experiences in countries like Brazil, Italy, France, Romania and Germany- the right back Abdurrahman Dereli, the midfielder Musa Aydin- his contract expires this summer and Galatasaray is interested-, the Cameroonian striker Herve Tum and especially the striker Mehmet Yildiz, whose departure from the club seems near, cause his contract expires next summer and it will be very probable that a team like Fenerbahçe want him, because it is very difficult to find without a transfer fee a player like Yildiz, who is synonym of goals-I think the player needs to play in a “big” club to improve and to have more chances to play with the Turkish national team-.
Anyway, it will be a great game like the other important Süper Lig´s game of this weekend, the game between Fenerbahçe-ranked 4th with 32 points- and Trabzonspor-ranked 2nd with 34 points-. However, we believe that this game will not be as balanced the Sivasspor-Galatasaray´s game and the Luis Aragones's team will win it with solvency, because at this moment there is much difference between the 2 squads and besides the Trabzon's team has shown weakness when it played against top teams-it lost the games played against Galatasaray (3-0) and Bursaspor (2-1) and it drew the game played against Besiktas and Sivasspor (0-0)-and this is due to the players of its squad do not have much experience and quality if we except some of them like the veteran Senegalese goalkeeper Tony Silva, the central defender Rigobert Song-he is a professional player since15 years ago (in fact he was in the World Cup1994) and he is far from his level, but he is making a good work alongside the young Egemen Korkmaz- the right midfielder Serkan Balci- 21 matches with the Turkish National team-, the defensive central midfielder Hüseyin Cims –a loyal Trabzonspor´s player and besides he has played 27 games with the Turkish national team and he is making a good season alongside the young Selcuk Inan-, Ibrahima Yattara -interesting Guinean offensive midfielder and in fact it sounded a Real Madrid´s interest a month ago- and the strikers´s duo, Gökhan Ünal and Umut Bulut, both players of the Turkish National team and they has scored 13 goals during this season. So, this team has correct players, but frankly I do not think that they pose too many difficulties to Fenerbahçe, which, although until this moment is not playing very well, is getting excellent results and its last Turkish defeat was last October 5- since then it won all the games, except 2 draws- and it is almost sure that it will continue with this record, since the normal thing is that we will see a stronger Fenerbahçe during the second half of the season, because it is almost impossible to see again the absurd mistakes of the Volkan Demirel and of the central defenders or the poor level showed by Kazim-Kazim- if Kazim continues with the same level, Luis Aragones will have a new alternative for this position, the right midfielder Göhkan Emreciksin- or the intermittence of Semih Sentürk (2 goals in the league) and Dani Güiza (4 goals in league)- it seems that the Spanish striker was affected by sentimental problems with his girlfriend, “the famous” Nuria Bermudez, and even when he scored goals, he had a sad face and it can be one of the reasons of his irregular level until this moment-. Anyway, this Sunday, the game at the Şükrü Saracoğlu (18:00 CET) is a great opportunity for Fenerbahçe to show it is a serious candidate to be the league´s Champion.
For the rest, we will pay attention to some games like: the English FA Cup´s games-the most interesting will be Tottenham Hotspur-Manchester United (Saturday at 18:15 cet) and the Liverpool´s derby (on Sunday at 17:00 cet one week later we will have again this derby and of course we will see a similar game) - the Italian league´game- the most interesting matches will be Juventus- Fiorentina (on Saturday at 20:30 cet) and SSC Napoli-AS Rome on Sunday at 15:00 CET (it will be a crucial and difficult match for Roma, because it will play without Totti and Doni and it must win at San Paolo if it wants to keep the chances to play tnext Champions League-if it lose this game, it will be a gap of 6 points between Roma and Napoli) and the games of the giants of the Spanish league-both teams have comfortable games, because neither Numancia and Deportivo La Coruña can be rivals for FC Barcelona (Saturday at 22:00 cet-I suppose that the problems and discussion between Pep Guardiola and Samuel Eto'o will be overcome and the Cameroonian will be in the starting lineup) and Real Madrid (Sunday at 21:00 CET), respectively.