Umraniyespor v Galatasaray
Umraniyespor is a newly-promoted team in the Turkish Super Lig, and they have given a good account of themselves so far. They are very effective on set pieces, so they can cause problems for any team. On the other hand, they play their matches in the Olympic Stadium in Istanbul as their stadium is being rebuilt. This means that there will be more Galatasaray fans than Ümraniye fans in the match wiping out a large proportion of home advantage.
Galatasaray was shockingly defeated against Giresunspor last week. New signings, full stands, and a positive atmosphere didn’t work and they missed an important opportunity. Now they have to be more cautious and sensivle because the goal of becoming a champion in the summer period requires this. They have only scored 1 goal so far, the scores will increase if they are more meticulous on the final passes and finishing. It is likely that high-profile new signings Lucas Torreira and Dries Mertens will start here which will offer a significant boost.
Umraniyespor will play a full squad for this match. In Galatasaray, right-back Leo Dubois, who missed the first two games of the league, is still missing. Galatasaray is very strong in the midfield, with the new transfer Lucas Torreira’s entry into the starting 11, also the resistance of Galatasaray in defense increases, so Umraniyespor’s chances of a positive result are unlikely.
Giresunspor v Kasimpasa
Giresunspor picked up a fantastic result as they beat Galatasaray in the away match last week. It was clear that they were not playing as strong an opponent as they expected, but the good game they played in the first week could be considered an indicator of the confidence within the camp. A team that is very well organised on the field and like to exploit the weaknesses of their opponents effectively. If you are a team that struggles with defensive organisation then Giresunspor are a side that can take advantage.
Kasimpasa started the season badly. They conceded a total of 10 goals in the first two weeks, failed to score and eventually parted company with coach Sami Ugurlu. The coaching change happened at a very early stage, this is another indication of how badly they started the season. Young players are playing in defense, there is uncertainty about who will play in midfield, the new signings don’t seem to have adapted and they look very weak offensively.
Giresunspor collected more points away from last season, but they also played glorious matches against such opponents at home. They don’t have any major missing players. It is a great time to play Kasimpasa and I expect Giresunspor spurred on from a fantastic result last week to get the job done.
Antalyaspor v Trabzonspor
Antalyaspor finished last season in great form. They lost to Galatasaray in the first week of this season, but then they beat Umraniyespor away. This means that they have been defeated only once in the last 14 official matches. Particularly impressive is that they have won 7 of the last 10 games at home. Summers in Antalya are long and very hot, and with the game played by Antalyaspor, it is extra difficult for the away teams to cope with the climate.
Trabzonspor lost 2-1 away to Copenhagen on Tuesday. Qualifying for the Champions League is the most important issue for them right now. They will rest some of their players away from Antalya because next Wednesday they will play the most critical game of the season against Copenhagen. They haven’t conceded a goal in the league yet, they have two wins in two games and they will prioritize the defense in this game because Antalyaspor is a strong team at home.
In addition, there are two important shortcomings in Trabzonspor: Marek Hamsik and Edin Visca are injured. Considering that there will be rotation in this match, they will be field far from their strongest squad and likely lack attacking cohesion. On the other hand, Antalyaspor is pleased to meet Trabzonspor this week. Last season’s Turkish champion has in mind the Champions League, not the Super Lig and I feel this game may lack quality in the final third.
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