Osmanlispor vs Akhisar Belediyespor Prediction, Preview and Betting Tips
The 25th of December won’t offer us a rich football betting selection but there is one match which probably attracts the global attention and that’s the clash at the “Osmanlı Stadı” in Turkish capital Ankara, where Osmanlispor takes on Akhisar Belediyespor. Both teams find themselves in second half of the Süper Lig table and their Monday night encounter will close the calendar year in top-tier of Turkey’s football system. The Süper Lig will continue in late-January so this makes the stake for both sides even higher as Osmanlispor will be keen to spend the short break in a better mood, by finding a way out of the relegation zone, while visitors from Akhisar hope to increase their lead over the bottom three clubs.
SüperLig: Osmanlispor vs Akhisar Belediyespor 25.12.2017
Osmanlispor were crushed by champions Besiktas last weekend. However, the 5-1 defeat in Istanbul wasn’t a surprise since Osmanlispor does very well at home but holds a dreadful away record, losing seven out of 9 games on the road in both domestic competitions, and the other two were draws. On the other hand “The Ottomans” boast a fine record at their own stadium where they have six wins and one draw only in the last seven games.
Akhisar Belediyespor suffered a 0-2 loss at home to Kayserispor last week and that was their eighth consecutive winless match in the Süper Lig. Moreover, Okan Buruk’s men have won just three points in that period and have scored two goals only for the past six rounds, netting both of them in a 2-4 defeat to Galatasaray. Thus Akhisar Belediyespor still remains on five points over Osmanlispor but simple calculation shows that number can be reduced very quickly with an appopriate result by the home side, or can remain the same/be increased by a positive outcome for the guests.
Team News and Missing Players
Despite the long-term absentees Muhammed Bayir, Mehmet Güven and Engin Bekdemir, Irfan Buz still can’t rely on the injured goalkeeper Hakan Arikan, as well as on Portuguese attacking midfielder Josue. And if Arikan’s place is confidently taken by experienced Lithuanian goalkeeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas, Buz obviously doesn’t have an adequate replacement of his playmaker. Özer Hurmaci and Adrien Regattin are two of the potential players who can start behind the striker, although latter is more likely to push as a left wing.
Meanwhile Serdar Gurler (top scorer with 7 league goals) looks certain on the right wing, while Nigerian forward Aminu Umar and Albanian striker Sokol Cikalleshi both compete for a position on top of Osmanlispor’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Akhisar Belediyespor’s problems are general and related with a lack of depth in the squad. The players look exhausted and Okan Buruk doesn’t have too many options available to him. The Akhisar outfit looks forward to the upcoming break, which comes right after a Cup match vs Boluspor on Thursday, and will surely show transfer market activity.
In addition to an aforementioned main issue, Akhisar’s coach Buruk must pick a starting eleven without three key players. Portuguese right-back Miguel Lopes serves a suspension, Swedish winger Daniel Larsson and Brazilian striker Paulo Henrique (top scorer, 6 goals) are both injured.
Osmanlispor vs Akhisar Belediyespor Prediction and Betting Tips
Osmanlispor obviously relies on its home games mostly (13 out of all 14 points are won at home) and we see another great opportunity for “The Ottomans”, if they want to emerge out of the relegation zone. Our betting prediction is backing the home side – Osmanlispor to win vs Akhisar Belediyespor (1X2 Betting).
Possible Lineups of Osmanlispor and Akhisar Belediyespor
Venue: “Osmanlı Stadı”, Ankara.
Referee: Özgür Yankaya.
Osmanlispor FK: Zydrunas Karcemarskas – Avdija Vrsajevic, Vaclav Prochazka, Andreas Maxsö, Tiago Pinto – Musa Cagiran, Raheem Lawal – Serdar Gürler, Özer Hurmaci, Adrien Regattin – Aminu Umar. (4-2-3-1)
Akhisar Belediyespor: Milan Lukac – Alperen Babacan, Caner Osmanpasa, Mustafa Yumlu, Ömer Bayram – Aykut Ceviker, Serginho – Olcan Adin, Soner Aydogdu, Helder Barbosa – Ioan Hora. (4-2-3-1)