Fenerbahce welcome Lokomotiv Moscow to the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in the Europa League Round of 32 first-leg clash.
Relations between Turkey and Russia are not exactly on an all time high but both sides will be hoping politics keeps out of football tonight.
Fenerbahce will be without the injured on-loan Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic and Ba while Diego Ribas is out suspended.
Josef de Souza and Mehmet Topal both return from suspensions that saw them miss the 3-1 victory over Kasimpasa on the weekend – both will be expected to start in central midfield.
Robin van Persie or in-form striker Fernandao will start for Fenerbahce upfront.
Lokomotiv will have a few familiar players to Fenerbahce fans including Manuel Fernandes who played for Istanbul rivals Besiktas.
The Russian did however, lose Oumar Niasse to Everton over the winter transfer window.
Fenerbahce – Lokomotiv Moscow
Stadium: Sukru Saracoglu
Kick-Off: 17:00 GMT
Expected Starting XI’s
Fenerbahce: Fabiano, Gökhan, Kjaer, Alves, Hasan Ali, Josef, Ozan Tufan, Mehmet Topal, Nani, Alper, Van Persie
Manager: Vitor Pereira
Lokomotiv Moscow: Skuletic, Kasaev, N’Dinga, Fernandes, Tasarov, Samedov, Denisov, Mikhalik, Pejcinovic, Yanbaev, Guilherme
Manager: Igor Cherevchenko