Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Fenerbahce and PSV Eindhoven are just a point apart in the race for qualification from Champions League Group G, but coaching changes, not qualification, have dominated the build up for this game.
PSV will be under the caretaker charge of Jan Wouters following the departure of Ronald Koeman to Valencia, and were held 0-0 at home by the Turkish champions a fortnight ago. Fenerbahce know that if they beat PSV and CSKA Moscow in their remaining home games, they will advance from the group stage for the first time. However, they will be without two key players – defender Lugano and in-form forward Deivid – both of whom are suspended.
“From the start we have tried to build a team that is able to overcome those kind of problems,” Fener coach Zico said. “I am sure my other players will cover for Deivid and Lugano by putting in a great performance.”
With Mateja Kezman again unable to face his former club due to a knee injury, Semih Senturk could start up front, having scored the winner in the 2-1 weekend derby defeat of Besiktas.
Zico does not think the Dutch title-holders will be weaker the loss of coach.
“Koeman leaving PSV could obviously affect the team,” he said. “But all their players are professionals. Both teams are very strong and know the weaknesses of the other side very well.”
Wouters admits he is a reluctant head coach, preferring to avoid the limelight.
“Koeman went at a difficult time, for sure,” Wouters said. “I am proud to coach PSV – maybe only for a short time.”
Wouters will be without Eric Addo as he starts a four-game suspension, and Ibrahim Afellay, Manuel da Costa, John de Jong and Jason Culina through injury.
“Whenever possible we will look to attack, as we have to score,” he said. “A 1-1 draw or more would benefit us on head-to-head record. Against Heerenveen we were sloppy when we had the ball, we lost it so easily and had to keep chasing it. Here we have to be more careful and keep possession for longer.”