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Turkish Super Lig | Gameweek 36
May 12, 2024 at 5pm UK
Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu

3 - 0

N'Zonzi (21'), Guilherme (28'), Cikalleshi (38')
Hadebe (31'), Dikmen (61')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Cift (33'), Raman (43'), Ntcham (62')

Preview: Konyaspor vs. Samsunspor - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Turkish Super Lig clash between Konyaspor and Samsunspor, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Konyaspor will attempt to move away from the bottom four when they play host to Samsunspor in Sunday's Turkish Super Lig contest.

The home side are sitting just two points clear of the drop zone, while the visitors are five points better off in 12th place.

Match preview

Having mustered 37 points from 35 games, Konyaspor still have work to do if they are to extend their 11-year stay in the top flight.

After suffering consecutive defeats against Alanyaspor and Sivasspor, they opted to part ways with Fahrudin Omerovic after 17 matches in charge.

Ali Camdali subsequently moved from his role as sporting director to assume the managerial hotseat ahead of Monday's hard-fought goalless draw against second-placed Fenerbahce.

Although they would have been pleased with Monday's draw, Konyaspor will be slightly concerned that they have failed to score in any of their previous three games, contributing to the fact that they are the league's second-lowest scorers with 34 goals.

With Konyaspor winless in four home matches, Camdali is now tasked with guiding the club to their first home win since February 24, with the hosts looking to extend the two-point gap to 18th-placed Hatayspor.

After winning promotion from the second tier last season, Samsunspor are on the verge of achieving their primary objective of survival.

Having collected 42 points from 35 matches, Markus Gisdol's side are sitting in 12th place with a sizeable seven-point gap to the bottom four.

Samsunspor will head into the weekend in a buoyant mood after they beat third-placed Trabzonspor 3-1 to end a five-game winless run in the Turkish Super Lig.

A Taylan Antalyali penalty, a Marius Mouandilmadji effort and a Joaquin Fernandez own goal guided Samsunspor to their first competitive victory over Trabzonspor since October 2005.

While they have fared well on home turf, Samsunspor have struggled on their travels this season, picking up nine points from 18 road trips to leave them with the worst away record in the division.

Konyaspor Turkish Super Lig form:

Samsunspor Turkish Super Lig form:

Team News

The hosts are still unable to call upon Metehan Mert and Yasir Subasi due to groin and thigh injuries respectively.

Bouly Junior Sambou will return to the matchday squad after serving a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Alexander Cicaldau dropped down to the bench for the draw with Fenerbahce, but the 26-year-old could be considered for a starting place for Sunday's home fixture.

The visitors, meanwhile, will have to make do without Slovakian defender Lubomir Satka, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

Cameroon international Olivier Ntcham is also a doubt for Sunday's contest after he missed the recent 3-1 win over Trabzonspor.

Youssef Ait Bennasser and Osman Celik are both set to serve one-match suspensions for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Konyaspor possible starting lineup:
Slowik; Yazgili, Demirbag, Hadebe, Guilherme; Dikmen, Nzonzi; Oguz, Ulgun, Ndao; Cikalleshi

Samsunspor possible starting lineup:
Kocuk; Yavru, Ozturk, Van Drongelen, Bola; Antalyali, Tait; Muja, Holse, Kilinc; Marius

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We say: Konyaspor 1-0 Samsunspor

Samsunspor may be five points better off than Konyaspor, but they have lost 13 of their 18 away games, and we think that Konyaspor could take advantage of their opponents' poor away record to claim a narrow victory in Sunday's contest.

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

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