Kick-off: 1600, 22/03/2020
Stadium: Gursel Aksel Stadi
Super Lig table toppers Trabzonspor face a tough test when visiting eighth-placed Goztepe on Sunday and we’re expecting a close encounter.
The hosts have lost only one of their last seven home matches, avoiding defeat against the likes of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
We’re tempted by 5/2 for a draw as our opening Goztepe vs Trabzonspor prediction.
A Look At Goztepe’s Betting Odds
Goztepe ended a worrying run of three straight defeats when seeing off Rizespor 2-0 at this venue on Tuesday.
Defender Berkan Emir broke the deadlock on 56 minutes and Italian striker Stefano Napoleoni doubled the advantage soon after.
Former Cardiff, Birmingham and Norwich forward Cameron Jerome is a familiar face in this solid squad.
Goz Goz also have one of the most devoted and die-hard fan bases in Turkey, with arguably just the big three from Istanbul being better supported.
Ilhan Palut will have his players fired up for another high-profile fixture and 13/4 for a score draw appeals from the Goztepe vs Trabzonspor odds.
The hosts have only drawn a blank up front once in 10 outings here, while Trabzonspor last failed to score in a league game on November 2.
A Look At Trabzonspor’s Betting Odds
Trabzonspor are unbeaten in 11 Super Lig fixtures, but have shown signs of feeling the strain at being title contenders in recent weeks.
Last Sunday’s 1-1 stalemate with Basaksehir at Senol Gunes Spor Kompleksi was a third draw in five top-flight matches.
TS went behind to a 56th-minute strike from former Newcastle and Chelsea front man Demba Ba and only drew level thanks to an own goal by ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.
Huseyin Cimsir has assembled a powerful squad, though, with Alexander Sorloth heading Turkey’s Golden Boot race on 19 goals after joining on loan from Crystal Palace.
Nigerian front man Tony Nwakaeme is also in double figures, while hot prospect Abdulkadir Omur has come back well from a six-month injury lay-off.
Just one away defeat all season highlights how this team travels well and they did prevail 3-1 at this venue last season.
However, Goztepe can take heart from having shaded a 1-0 success away to Trabzonspor earlier this term, when Jerome settled the issue.
Let’s finish off our Goztepe vs Trabzonspor betting tips by taking 23/2 for an entertaining 2-2 draw on this occasion.
GOZTEPE 2-0 Rizespor – Berkan Emir, Stefano Napoleoni
TRABZONSPOR 1-1 Basaksehir – Martin Skrtel (og)
Head-to-head: Trabzonspor 0-1 Goztepe, Goztepe 1-3 Trabzonspor, Trabzonspor 1-2 Goztepe, Trabzonspor 0-0 Goztepe
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