Off-form Istanbul clubs on UEFA Europa League stage
Also, last season’s Turkish Cup winner Akhisar will seek its first European victory at Sevilla.
Beşiktaş’s 2-0 defeat at Göztepe over the weekend was its second loss of the season, with three draws and four wins putting the club in the fourth spot in the standings.
Both sides are aiming to get back on track after matchday two defeats that have left Group I finely poised. The clubs both won their opening home games, Beşiktaş 3-1 against Sarpsborg and Genk 2-0 against Malmö, before losing in Scandinavia on matchday two, the Turkish side going down 2-0 to Malmö in Sweden and the Belgian club falling to a 3-1 defeat in Norway.
Another coach under pressure is Phillip Cocu, whose Fenerbahçe sits in th 15th spot in Turkish league standings with just two wins in nine games. A goalless draw at Sivasspor over the weekend did not help the Dutch coach, with calls for his resignation growing.
The record champion of Belgium followed an opening 0-1 defeat at Spartak Trnava with a shock 0-2 loss at home to Dinamo Zagreb.
Fenerbahçe, meanwhile, recovered from a 4-1 defeat in Zagreb to claim its first points of the section with a 2-0 victory over Trnava in Istanbul, Algerian striker Islam Slimani, on loan from Leicester City, scoring both goals.
Also on Oct. 25, three-time Europa League winner Sevilla will expect to get its Group J campaign back on track as it entertains Turkish side Akhisar, which has yet to avoid defeat in its debut European campaign.
The Spanish club overpowered Standard Liège 5-1 on matchday one to prolong its 100 percent record of success from the qualifying phase, but then surrendered a lead to lose 2-1 away to Krasnodar.
Akhisar, meanwhile, followed up a 0-1 home defeat to the Russian club on its European bow by losing 2-1 in Belgium.