One match remains to complete round 26 in the Turkish Süper Lig, it pits Göztepe up against Rizepor Tuesday evening. The two teams are both looking to end miserable streaks when they face off at the Gürsel Aksel Stadi where Goztepe host Rizespor. Göztepe is placed 8th in the table and a few weeks not without the odd chance of making the European places.
Following three defeats on the bounce they are now in a sort of Super Lig league-table limbo instead. The relegation zone and the European spots are equally distant which usually isn’t the most motivating factor. Not so for the visitors who still have plenty to fight for. Rizespor is fighting to stay in the topflight.
They are currently 16th and due to results over the weekend slipped below the relegation line. Only six points separate number 12 and number 18, so the relegation battle will be a dog eat dog. In their current form, Rizespor looks like one of the prime candidates for the drop. They are without a win since 20th January. Rizespor have played eight matches in the meantime. They are without a win away since December 21st. Their last six matches have brought them one point.
Small advantage to Göztepe
Göztepe is without a win in four, failing to score a single goal in their previous three. At least Rizespor has managed to score in their previous four outings. Their last meeting ended without goals and we won’t exclude the possibility that this could also go low on goals. Neither side wants their miserable series to go on.
The home side will be without the services of Alpaslan Öztürk. In his place, Celso Borges could be making the starting 11. Serdar Gurler is also expected to be absent for Göztepe, with Zlatko Tripic taking his place. The visitors are missing both Mykola Morozyuk and Ismaël Diomandé due to suspensions. Additionally, Aminu Umar looks to be missing due to injury.
It is difficult to build up a case on behalf of Rizespor with just two wins on the road all season. Add that to an astonishing poor run currently. However, Göztepe doesn’t have the most fearsome home record. They have failed to win seven of their 11 matches at home. Since goals have dried out on their part, whilst Rizespor at least hits the target it might be worth siding with a high-priced away win. After all, Rizespor has a lot more to fight for.