ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, February 22, 2013
Maurice Edu and Bursaspor hope to extend their win streak to three matches as they travel to Gaziantepspor in Friday league action.
Edu figures to start once again in central midfield as the Bursa club look to remain unbeaten since their former manager stepped down in January. The point streak has seen them rise to fourth place and only three points behind second place Fenerbahçe.
Gaziantepspor, on the other hand, has only won once in their last five matches but did manage a draw last week at Beşiktaş despite having a player sent off in the 53rd minute. This match could be low scoring as the home side have only managed more than one goal once in their last five matches and haven't scored more than twice in a match since October.
Bursaspor defense has been stout lately, including two back to back shutouts in their last two matches. The attacking midfield of Argentines Pablo Batalla and Fernando Belluschi provide Edu with quick options to push the ball forward. Batalla has scored in each of the past two matches and Belluschi has returned to the lineup after an injury and have paired to play well together.
With Belluschi's return, Bursaspor is healthy heading into this weekend's match. Gaziantepspor will be missing Gilles Binya, who picked up a straight red card last week.