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Turkish Super Lig | Gameweek 33
Apr 20, 2024 at 5pm UK
Kadir Has Sehir Stadi

1 - 2

Bourabia (87')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Destan (24'), Pepe (58')
Ozdemir (12'), Elmali (18'), Mendy (56')

Preview: Kayserispor vs. Trabzonspor - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Turkish Super Lig clash between Kayserispor and Trabzonspor, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Kayserispor will be hoping to put an end to their winless run when they host Trabzonspor at the Kadir Has Stadium on Saturday evening.

The hosts are six points above the first side in the drop zone and have not won in over one month, while the visitors are looking to hold on to the Europa League spot.

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Abdullah Avci, now in charge of Trabzonspor, pictured in 2019© Reuters

Kayserispor were held to a goalless draw by Adana Demirspor last time out, extending their winless run to six matches. Burak Yilmaz's side sit 14th in the table, level on 37 points with 13th-placed Ankaragucu, but six points clear of the relegation zone.

The Anatolian Stars have struggled for goals recently, failing to score in four of their last five matches, including the last three. They have also picked up just two points from their last five games, drawing twice and losing three.

The Kayseri outfit will host Trabzonspor on Saturday, aiming to end their poor run. They head into this fixture having won their last two meetings against the Black Sea Storm, but they lost their last home game against them.

The Kadir Has Stadium has not been kind to the Anatolian Stars, with the 3-2 win over Ankaragucu in February being the only victory in their last nine matches there.

Trabzonspor felt the absence of their home fans as they were defeated 1-0 by Sivasspor at Papara Park last Friday. Despite having 72% possession and 21 attempts, Abdullah Avci's side could not convert any of their chances.

The Black Sea Storm, who have alternated between defeats and wins in their last five matches, are firmly in third place with 52 points after 32 matches, four points ahead of fourth-placed Besiktas and fifth-placed Rizespor.

With just four points separating them from the teams below, Avci's side cannot afford a winless run as it could jeopardise their ambition of European qualification.

Trabzonspor will look to bounce back quickly from defeat to maintain the lead over their closest rivals with six games left to play, when they travel to Kayserispor on Saturday.

Away results have been good for the Black Sea Storm in this campaign, as they are the third-best team on the road so far with 24 points from 16 games. However, they have lost three of their last five away games, which is the same number of games they lost in the previous 11 away games.

Trabzonspor are unbeaten in their last nine visits to the Kadir Has Stadium in the Super Lig, recording seven wins and two draws, with their last defeat there coming in 2013.

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Team News

Trabzonspor's Jens Stryger Larsen celebrates with Anastasios Bakasetas and Stefano Denswil after the match on February 16, 2023© Reuters

The hosts are expected to remain without Anthony Uzodimma and Majid Hosseini who are currently nursing long-term injuries, with neither expected back in the near future.

After sitting out last time out due to one-match suspension, Kartal Yilmaz should be back in the line up as well, playing alongside Mehdi Bourabia in the midfield.

Trabzonspor have no injury or suspension worries ahead of this match, with forward Paul Onuachu expected to join the squad following his recovery from a broken foot.

However, Nicolas Pepe is expected to lead the line once again, with Enis Bardhi, Edin Visca and Trezeguet provisioning support for the Ivorian.

Kayserispor possible starting lineup:
Bayazit; Kaldirim, Kolovetsios, Kocaman, Sazdagi; Yilmaz, Bourabia; Boa Morte, Shukurov, Cardoso; Bahoken

Trabzonspor possible starting lineup:
Cakir; Meunier, Baniya, Denswil, Elmali; Mendy, Ozdemir; Bardhi, Visca, Trezeguet; Pepe

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We say: Kayserispor 0-2 Trabzonspor

Kayserispor are struggling to score goals and to win matches at the moment, while Trabzonspor are strong on the road but inconsistent recently. However, history favors Trabzonspor at the Kadir Has Stadium. We expect Trabzonspor to bounce from defeat in their last match to pick up a win here.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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