Barça are back in the Euroleague Top 16, with a tough trip to the Fenerbahçe Ülke court – the Ülker Sports Arena – which will be packed with 12,000 noisy fans for the game which starts at seven o’clock this evening. The Turks are in need of a win after losing their opening game away to the current champions Olympiacos .
FC Barcelona in need of a win.....
It’s the second time this season that Barça have visited Istanbul and having arrived on Wednesday morning, they trained in the evening, with Pascual still unclear about his injury list, with Abrines still having difficulties with his right knee, but keen to appear if the coach needs him.
After the disappointing results against Real Madrid and Baskonia, Barça will be looking to make a positive statement in Istanbul and lay down a marker in their group.
.... as are Fenerbahçe
Fenerbahçe also need a win after losing their opener away to Olympiacos (95-82). The Croatian Bogdanovic is the main point scorer for the Turks, with Ell, McCalebb, Kleiza, Bjelica and Preldzic also top players who can cause problems at any moment during a game.
In the previous game in Istanbul between the two this season, in the regular season, Barça suffered a disappointing defeat, but one which they came close to avoiding, when just 73-70 down with 30 seconds still to go, they had a real chance of drawing level.