Fenerbahce v Trabzonspor – This is the final match of the Cup between two great rivals. This match is also an opportunity for both of them to save the season. Fenerbahce was very good in the European league and had reached the semi-finals, while in the championship ended as the second. Trabzonspor has completely failed and ended only in the middle of the table. Form of the both teams was roughly equal in the finish of this championship, but it must be said that Trabzonspor was much more convincing in the semi-finals. In their mutual matches this season Fenerbahce was more successful and won in Trabzon with 3-0, and played 0-0 draw in Istanbul. In last seven matches Trabzonspor didn’t win Fenerbahce. It should be noted that this game will be played on a neutral ground in Ankara. Begins: 22.05.2013 – 19:45 CET
It cannot be said that the season was entirely unsuccessful for Fenerbahce, because they still played the semi-finals of the Europa league and only a little bit lacked to enter in the finals, while in the championship have finished as second, which leads them in the qualification for the Champions League. However, the fans recognize only the first place and are especially dissatisfied when the champion titles goes to Galatasaray. So, they ended two competitions practically a step from the trophies and now they want to rectify it taking at least the consolation prize which is the Cup. In the semi-finals they really struggled against Eskisehirspor and after two draws in regular time have passed further only after penalties. Elimination from the Europa league has shaken them very much, and immediately after that game lost the championship match from Istanbul with 2-0 which practically kicked them out from the fight for the title. In the last round they got a little consolation because they won Galatasaray 2-1 and so secured the second place, just to lose match from Karabukspor 3-2 last weekend. The coach rested some players in that match, and because of suspension there were no Demirel and Meireles, while stopper Korkmaz was injured.
Probable lineups Fenerbahce: Gunok – Gonul, Yobo, Irtegun, Ziegler – Topuz, Belozoglu, Topal, Cristian – Sow, Webo
For Trabzonspor a victory in this final would, be in true sense of the word, save the season because they completely unexpectedly played very badly the whole championship accumulating even 14 losses. They finished as ninth only and scored very little goals, and their best goalgetter Halil Altintop scored only seven goals. In the European league have already stuck in the qualification, so the Cup remains the only bright spot, where they particularly well played the semi-final’s rematch wining Sivasspor with even 6-0. The last championship round was away game with Galatasaray which coincide with their celebration of the title and were duly defeated with 2-0. The strongest line-up didn’t play, which was expected but in this finals all the best will play, except the previously injured Colman.
Probable lineups Trabzonspor: Zengin – Celustka, Yumlu, Kacar, Cech – Zokora, Aydogdu – Sen, Mierzejewski, Adin – Halil Altintop
Fenerbahce – Trabzonspor Pick
In the Cup it is always difficult to say this or that is team is a favourite especially when it comes to the grand finale, however, Fenerbahce at this moment has a much better team, really wants the trophy and according to us is closer to the victory, although it is possible that this will not be an easy game against fairly unpredictable Trabzonspor.