Istanbulspor v Kasimpasa
Istanbulspor’s hopes of staying in the Süper Lig next season are dwindling, having lost 2-1 away to Galatasaray in their last match. Although they are a good team in attack, it is not enough to win the games. The quality of the squad, especially in defence, is quite low. Despite this, new coach Fatih Tekke has started to play his team more attacking football and Istanbulspor have since managed to score in 4 of the 5 matches he has taken charge of.
Kasimpasa changed manager during the World Cup break. New coach Selcuk Inan wants to play his team more on the front foot, but he has lost his first two games at home. They are a defensively vulnerable team that concedes easily. First-choice centre-back Sadik Ciftpinar’s injury also complicates their task of keeping clean sheets. However, it is still a team with a lot of weapons and effective players in attack.
Both teams have very few fans and nothing to lose. There will only be a few hundred people in the stands. Players will be playing almost on neutral ground, so emotions will not get in the way of the execution of their tactical plans.
Karagumruk v Trabzonspor
Karagumruk is going through very difficult days. Due to the economic problems at the club, three important players left the team during the World Cup break. The league’s top assist maker, left-back Caner Erkin, midfielder Swedish international Jimmy Durmaz and centre-back Steven Caulker all terminated their contracts. Therefore, the quality of the team has dropped drastically, and it is difficult to say that the remaining players in the team are also happy. Under these conditions, they will try to win matches and be successful, but it will be very difficult. As a matter of fact, they lost to struggling Adana Demirspor at the weekend.
Trabzonspor came back much fresher from the World Cup break. They re-entered the title race by defeating their arch-rivals Fenerbahce. With the return of right winger Edin Visca to the team, Trabzonspor’s playing quality has improved. They were unstable in the first part of the season, but Fenerbahçe’s derby win turned the mood around the club into a positive one.
Trabzonspor have not lost in their last 8 matches in the league. They have won three games by multiple goals this season, the last two being after the World Cup break. They are currently in their best form of the season, while Karagumruk are struggling with financial difficulties. In this case, reigning champions Trabzonspor should easily win.
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