The Sunday round of Super Lig games sees Fenerbahce hoping to get back on track – after failing to win any of their first two games – at home against Bursaspor. Trabzonspor take on Osmanlispor while Rizespor host Akhisar who are currently without a manager and Konyaspor take on Antalyaspor.
Check out our betting tips and Super Lig previews below:
Rizespor v Akhisar
Rizespor had a busy summer bringing in the likes of Jacob Jantscher from Luzern, former Manchester United youngster Davide Petrucci, who signed from Romanian side CFR Cluj. Abdoulaye Diallo, joined on loan from Rennes and could start in goal. The Black Sea based side are however, without a win in their opening two games. Rize take on an Akhisar side in turmoil after the Super Lig minnows decided to sack Cihat Arslan despite a decent start to the season. There is definitely more value on the home side who have been priced long based on the results of their first two league games.
Prediction: Rizespor Win/Draw
Trabzonspor v Osmanlispor
Osmanlispor have gone from being a novelty act to a side to start taking seriously. The self-styled footballing Ottomans managed to navigate through a tricky Europa League playoff round against all the odds and book a place in the group stages. Unlike the Ottomans, Osmanlispor are based in Ankara – the actual capital of the Ottomans was Istanbul – but they have manage to build a decent side and bolstered their attacking options over the summer bringing in Adam Maher on loan from PSV Eindhoven and Adrien Regattin from Toulouse. Trabzonspor also had a decent transfer window bringing in Luis Ibanez, Hyun-Jun Suk, Castillo and Nigerian international Onazi. Osmanlispor are yet to record a victory in the league this season and could struggle against Trabzonspor who are traditionally strong at home. The Black Sea based outfit also happen to be coached by one of the most exciting managers in Turkish football, Mr Ersun Yanal.
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Prediction: Trabzonspor Draw No Bet
Antalyspor v Konyaspor
Konyaspor have established themselves as one of the most feared teams in the league under the management of Aykut Kocaman. The Anatolian Eagles are difficult to break down and dangerous on the counter attack. Antalyaspor may have been able to keep hold of Samuel Eto’o but they will need to defend a lot better if they want to avoid being picked off by Konyaspor on the break. The Scorpions have yet to win a league game this season and could struggle against Konyaspor on Sunday.
Prediction: Konyaspor +0.5 (Asian Handicap)
Fenerbahce v Bursaspor
Fenerbahce have not exactly got off to the kind of start they were expecting. The Yellow Canaries are without a win in the league this season and go into the Bursaspor game without Souza (injury), Mehmet Topal (Suspended) and Simon Kjaer (Suspended). The Yellow Canaries do have enough cover to cope with both players being out but they will still be missed. Recently appointed manager Dick Advocaat was able to make his mark on the squad at the end of the transfer window, bringing in Jeremain Lens, and Moussa Sow, who Fenerbahce supporters know well from previous spells at the club.
Bursaspor face a few injury concers, with Emre Tasdemir, Deniz Yilmaz and Furkan Ozcal all out. Green Crocodiles boss Hamza Hamzaoglu has got off to a decent start recording a win and a loss but Fenerbahce are undefeated in their last 24 home games.
There is no doubt that Fenerbahce are favourites going into the Sunday evening clash but they have been priced short. The Istanbul giants go into the game missing two key defensive players. Fenerbahce should have no trouble scoring but the question is whether they will be able to hold it together at the back. Seven out of the Canaries last eight games have gone Over 2.5 goals and five of the last six head to head games between these two sides have gone Over 2.5 goals.
Predicting: Over 2.5 goals
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