Fenerbahce failed to win the domestic championship, but despite being outplayed by Galatasaray they are still in the race for a prestigious trophy. Winning the cup against Trabzon would provide players with some solace while consolidating Kocaman’s position at the command of the Turkish team.
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.10
Finishing 10 points behind their archrivals was not a result that fans accepted with ease, but if Fenerbahce prevails in the final act of the Turkish Cup the supporters will be appeased. With three points ahead of Besiktas and a better head to head record, Kocaman decided to rest his best players in the final round and this explains why they lost by three games to two at Karabukspor. With his best players on the pitch, the Turkish coach will start with a 4-4-2 formation featuring Almeida and Holosko upfront.
The two players have scored a combined 19 goals this season and they should find plenty of gaps to exploit in Trabzon’s shaky defensive. The visitors have scored plenty of goals at home but their head to head record is downright frightening, with Trabzon winning just one game in 20. Halil Altintop and Paulo Henrique were used alternatively this season and the former is expected to start as the sole striker, with the Brazilian waiting on the bench. Only if the hosts take an early lead, coach Kafkas will make amendments, but it is not far-fetched to expect Trabzon to finish the game with three strikers.
Fenerbahce won all important games this season including those against archrivals Galatasaray, but leaked points against mediocre opponents. They start as favorites tonight and if the odds of 2.10 offered by Pinnacle Sports hold, punters have no excuse not to back the hosts at full stakes.