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Football: Derby fever hits Turkey's Super Lig

Beşiktaş, Galatasaray square off at Vodafone Park in year's last Istanbul derby

Anadolu Agency

Turkey’s Super Lig will witness the year's last Istanbul derby on Saturday evening between Beşiktaş and Galatasaray.

The match in Besiktas' home ground of Vodafone Park will start at 7.30 p.m. local time (GMT1630).

Speaking to reporters during an event at Vodafone Park on Friday, Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman said he hoped for a derby "that will be decided by the players".

When asked to comment about the referee of the match, Firat Aydinus, Orman said: "I don't want to comment on the referee to prevent any kind of manipulation. May God be with him, so that the match can be decided by the players on the field."

Orman also said the 2017/2018 league has been going "in a balanced way" so far.

"There is not a huge gap between the first place team and the eighth place team," said Orman.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara on Friday, Galatasaray chairman Dursun Ozbek said Besiktas and Galatasaray "are two distinguished teams".

"I hope the match will be in a friendly atmosphere and give joy to the fans. It is going to be a great match, because two teams are in-form. Naturally, I wish good luck for Galatasaray," Ozbek said.

League leaders Galatasaray have currently 29 points, six points ahead of Besiktas, who are in fourth place.

Here are the weekend's league matches:

Saturday:

Akhisarspor - Yeni Malatyaspor (GMT1100)

Karabukspor - Goztepe (GMT1330)

Besiktas - Galatasaray (GMT1630)

Sunday:

Konyaspor - Bursaspor (GMT1100)

Genclerbirligi - Sivasspor (GMT1100)

Basaksehir - Osmanlispor (GMT1330)

Fenerbahce - Kasimpasa (GMT1630)

Monday:

Trabzonspor - Antalyaspor (GMT1700)

Alanyaspor - Kayserispor (GMT1700)

Here are the standings as of Saturday GMT 0700:

Teams P W D L GF GA /- Pts.
1. GALATASARAY 13 9 2 2 29 14 15 29
2. BASAKSEHIR 13 8 3 2 24 15 9 27
3. FENERBAHCE 13 6 5 2 26 17 9 23
4. BESIKTAS 13 6 5 2 19 12 7 23
5. KAYSERISPOR 13 6 5 2 20 15 5 23
6. BURSASPOR 13 6 3 4 24 16 8 21
7. GOZTEPE 13 6 3 4 24 21 3 21
8. TRABZONSPOR 13 5 4 4 25 27 -2 19
9. SIVASSPOR 13 6 1 6 19 21 -2 19
10. KASIMPASA 13 5 3 5 22 22 0 18
11. AKHISARSPOR 13 5 3 5 18 21 -3 18
12. ALANYASPOR 13 5 2 6 25 24 1 17
13. YENI MALATYASPOR 13 4 3 6 16 20 -4 15
14. ANTALYASPOR 13 3 4 6 14 22 -8 13
15. KONYASPOR 13 3 2 8 13 18 -5 11
16. OSMANLISPOR 13 3 2 8 19 26 -7 11
17. KARABUKSPOR 13 2 2 9 13 23 -10 8
18. GENCLERBIRLIGI 13 2 2 9 14 30 -16 8

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