Sivasspor v Umraniyespor
Sivasspor has improved their performances and form since October. They are now a more confident and effective team. They played well against Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, although they lost their last three league games. The European matches and the tight fixtures with tough opponents pushed their squad hard, and although the results weren’t ideal, the team’s performance was promising.
Ümraniyespor won for the first time of the season last week. They played well with the motivation of playing the first night game at home in their history. They were hopeful about winning against Alanyaspor, who struggle defensively.
Sivasspor’s defense is now strong and coach Riza Calimbay has found the best 11 players. The only missing player is the left-back in the home team, Ugur Ciftci. For the visitors, goalkeeper Serkan Kirintili has been injured for a while, and will not be able to play in this match, Orkun Ozdemir will play instead.
Sivasspor defeated Giresunspor 3-0 at home. I expect a similar scenario at home against a worse opponent. The squad quality of Ümraniyespor and especially the defensive players that are prone to mistakes makes them hopeless in this match.
Basaksehir v Galatasaray
Başakşehir did not win last week, but they came back from Hatayspor away with a 3-3 draw. In the last 5 matches, they have only two wins. Meanwhile, Galatasaray won the derby last weekend. They won against Beşiktaş, 2-1 and got the 3 points. This result was important in a week where Trabzonspor and Başakşehir did not win their matches. Galatasaray, who are 5 points behind the leaders Fenerbahçe, also has equal points with Başakşehir, who they will face this week.
The morale is good at Galatasaray, who have won its last two games in the Super League. However, it should be remembered that Besiktas has a lot of missing and problematic players. In addition, although they beat Ofspor 2-1 in the Turkish Cup in midweek, the first half was quite difficult. Therefore, we should know that Galatasaray has not played against an opponent of Basaksehir’s level of quality in the matches they have won recently.
Galatasary are injury free. In Başakşehir, the experienced midfielders Mahmut Tekdemir and Lucas Biglia are uncertain. Although their control of the game has been damaged in their absence, the attacking efficiency increased in the last matches. They played low-scoring matches against Besiktas and Fenerbahce, they have a standard of play against such strong opponents. I think they will control the game with a similar plan in this match. It is very difficult to beat them at home in a match like this.
Kayserispor v Konyaspor
Kayserispor is undoubtedly one of the best teams in the league. They won 3 times in the last 4 league games and drew with Adana Demirspor. It’s a great performance, so they got really close to the top of the league. They continued their good form in the league as well as in the Turkish Cup, qualifying for the next round by beating Sivas Belediyespor 1-0 on Thursday. Their morale is very high.
Konyaspor has not been able to win for 5 matches. After a very good start to the season, the quality of their defense has weakened, they have been failing to keep control of the game for a while. In contrast, they were down 2-0 against the reigning champion Trabzonspor last week, but they managed to end the match in a draw. This result increased morale, and they are now hoping to enter the World Cup break by winning.
Both teams score and concede enough goals. Konyaspor conceded goals in their last 5 games, while Kayserispor conceded goals in 5 of the last 6 games. Konyaspor failed to score in only 1 of the last 12 games, while Kayserispor has been scoring goals in the last 11 games. Both teams will play to win, in these circumstances, the most likely result will be both teams to score.
Besiktas v Antalyaspor
Besiktas lost the derby last week against Galatasaray. Both of their left-backs were injured, also their right-back was injured during the match, and they played a very bad game defensively, as defender Romain Saiss, who returned from injury, was also not ready to play. Therefore, there are serious problems in the defence, but the way the new coach Senol Gunes solves the defensive problems is about making the team attack better.
Antalyaspor has almost no difference from Besiktas. Last week, they fell behind 0-2 in the first half of the match. The team has been less vulnerable since they moved to the three-men defence, but they started the game badly against Karagumruk. However, after a miraculous comeback, they won the match 4-2. It’s an unstable team, but their offensive power definitely has potential.
Left-back Arthur Masuaku and right-back Valentin Rosier are injured at Besiktas, and key man Rachid Ghezzal’s long-term injury continues. There is no important players missing in Antalyaspor, the striker Haji Wright, who was selected for the USA National Team, will take the stage once again in this match before the World Cup.
Antalyaspor scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 games and three of these games resulted in Over 2.5 Goals. Besiktas also conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 games and all of these matches resulted in Over 2.5 Goals. I expect both teams to score in this match, Over 2.5 Goals would be the ideal choice.
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