Daniel Opare and Tomas Sivok return to first team training
Daniel Opare and Tomas Sivok have returned to first team training with Besiktas ahead of their İstanbul Başakşehir this weekend. The game takes place at the Başakşehir Fatih Terim stadium on Sunday, kick-off is at 18:00 (GMT).
The Black Eagles boss Slaven Bilic headed training at the Nevzat Demir training facility this morning.
Veli Kavlak who will miss this weekends game due to a suspension has been rested while Tolga Zengin ve Atiba Hutchinson, Mustafa Pektemek, Tolgay Arslan and Alexander Milosevic could only participate in light training.
The Black Eagles are coming off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of their rivals Fenerbahce. Bilic and his side have been heavily criticised for their performance in the Istanbul derby. The Croatian manager is yet to win an Istanbul in seven attempts since arriving at Besiktas.
Başakşehir have kept 12 clean sheets this season and have the best defensive record in the league.
Avcı’s side have conceded the fewest goals in the league. The Istanbul minnows have only let in 18 league in total this season.
The Istanbul based side have only conceded eight goals on the road this season – the fewest conceded in the league.
Başakşehir have only let in 10 goals at home and only eight on the road. The Istanbul based side have one of the best defensive records in Europe.