Sports Mole previews Monday’s Turkish Super Lig clash between Konyaspor and Besiktas, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Meanwhile, the visitors make the journey this weekend looking to end a nine-game winless streak on the road across all competitions.
Besiktas made it back to back wins on home turf courtesy of a 2-1 triumph over Goztepe at the Vodafone Park on Thursday.
The Black Eagles have moved up to seventh place in the Super Lig table are still a whopping 18 points adrift of Trabzonspor in what has been a shambolic title defense.
Next up is a clash versus an opposing side who have managed to claim only two victories in the last 11 meetings between the teams dating back to 2017.
Having scored 30 goals in their 18 matches to date – the third highest in the division – Monday’s hosts will be looking to put on another impressive attacking display.
Konyaspor picked up a third win on the bounce by defeating Hatayspor 3-1 at the Yeni Hatay Stadyumu on Wedensday.
The Anadolu Kartali remain second in the Turkish top flight, 10 points off the top of the table, albeit with a game in hand.
Monday’s hosts, who currently possess the second-best defensive and attacking records in the league, now set out to keep their faint title hopes alive as the season approaches its midway point.
Konyaspor Turkish Super Lig form:
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Besiktas Turkish Super Lig form:
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Turkish defender Ogulcan Ulgun is a doubt for the hosts having missed his side’s last four outings due to a muscle injury.
Konyaspor possible starting lineup:
Sehic, Guilherme, Bardakci, Skubic, Demirbag; Bytyqi, Mpoku, Hadziahmetovic; Koka, Rahmanovic, Cikalleshi
Besiktas possible starting lineup:
Destanoglu; Yilmaz, Montero, Vida, N’Sakala; Josef, Pjanic, Ozyakup; Ghezzal, Batshuayi, Larin
We say: Konyaspor 1-1 Besiktas
Besiktas have dominated this fixture to a large extent and it is hard to see that changing now despite their struggles on the road. We are backing them to come out on top in what should be a keenly-contested affair.