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Fenerbahce host Gaziantepspor in an important Turkish Super League clash on Monday evening. Fenerbahce have dropped some crucial points in recent matches and will be desperate to win this game in order to keep tabs on current league leaders Galatasaray.
After consecutive draws at Antalyaspor and Orduspor, they find themselves 6 points behind Galatasaray and can’t afford to drop any more points, considering the superb vein of form their bitter rivals Galatasaray are in.
Fenerbahce appear to have lost some confidence and belief since their 3-1 loss to Galatasaray in early December, and their performances have been lacking any real cutting edge.
This home game against struggling Gaziantepspor may be just the remedy for Fenerbahce, and give them a much needed boost to keep the pressure on at the top of the league.
Gaziantepspor have won just once away from home this season, although this win was against current leaders Galatasaray back in October.
Since this victory, they have struggled to score goals and have been held to 3 goalless draws in their last 4 games on the road.
With just 19 points accumulated after 18 games, it seems that Gaziantepspor will have a mammoth task to steal any points from this game.
If Fenerbahce are to sustain a title challenge this season this could be a pivotal game, and boss Aykut Kocaman will have to make sure his players are mentally prepared for this game.
Gaziantepspor have been able to frustrate teams with their defensive tactics recently, but Fenerbahce should be able to overcome this, as long as their opponents are not underestimated.