Fenerbahçe welcomes Maribor in Istanbul on Thursday in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the Conference League.
It’s been a long time since Turkish teams thrived in Europe but with an additional competition by UEFA, there is a feeling that they can match some of Europe’s teams and go all the way to the final. Fenerbahçe began this year’s Conference League qualifying campaign in the second round where they Zimbru 9-0 on aggregate but come against a team that previously featured in the Champions League too.
Maribor have participated in Conference League qualifying in each of the last two seasons. The Purples entered the competition in the first qualifying round in the 2021/22 season and failed to progress beyond the second round. Last year Damir Krznar’s side were eliminated in the Play-off round.
This is the first time that both teams will be meeting in a competitive game.
Hosts Fenerbahçe are set to be without the services of Miguel Crespo who only played 33 minutes in the 4-0 win over Zimbru before being substituted. While the club is set to asses him prior to the game, it is highly unlikely that he will start the match if he will be considered fit to feature.
Others who will be missed by the hosts include midfielder Lincoln (cruciate ligament tear), center-back Alexander Djiku (ankle), midfielder Mert Hakan Yandas (ankle), and right-back Emre Mor (knee) while Cagtay Kurukalip, Serdar Dursun, Emre Demir, Nazim Sangaré, Jin-ho Jo, Gustavo Henrique and Melih Bostan, are ineligible for the Conference League qualifiers.
Maribor received at least four yellow cards for the second game in a row in their 4-3 win over FC Differdange 03. Gregor Sikosek and Ignacio Guerrico are struggling with knee injuries that have caused them to miss the last 24 and 7 games respectively, and are expected to miss this match as well.
Fenerbahce XI: Bayındır, Peres, Aziz, Osayi-Samuel, Yandaş, Yüksek, Kahveci, Kadioglu, Tadić, King, Batshuayi
Maribor XI: Ažbe Jug, Uskoković, Urata, Watson, Milec, Lorber, Laušić, Repas, Brnić, Jakupovic, Kolar
Fenerbahce might have fallen down the pecking order but they still possess one of the best teams in Europe with the kind of names at their disposal. They have players who want to prove themselves again in Europe and this might just work in their favour against opponents like Maribor.
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