Kayserispor vs Fenerbahce Kick Off Time
NAME: Kayserispor – Fenerbahçe
DATE: 4 Mar 2023
TIME: 16:00 UTC
VENUE: Kadir Has Stadium, Kayseri, Turkey
Two of the top three form sides in the Turkish Super Lig do battle on Saturday when Kayserispor host title-chasing Fenerbahce.
The hosts secured maximum points in their last game after the enforced hiatus, beating Giresunspor 2-1 last Saturday, while Fener were 3-0 victors at Konyaspor.
The Anatolian Star have secured three wins on the trot in the league, a sequence bettered by only Galatasaray who have won 12 league encounters on the trot.
Cagdas Atan’s team have beaten four of their last five opponents in the top flight, and 12 points from their last five matches is the third-best return in the division in that time, with Saturday’s opponents and the top-ranked team claiming 13 and 15 points, respectively.
That said, the home form has left much to be desired, evidenced by four losses in their 11 games at the RHG Enerturk Enerji Stadium, the eighth-best record in the Super Lig.
A glass-half-full perspective views the recent three matches at the Kadir Has Stadium as a sign of the tide turning, owing to how the club has secured six points from those games.
On the other hand, three losses in five fixtures at their ground may be looked at with so much doom and gloom.
Kayserispor are outsiders for third place, with Besiktas only five points ahead of the side in seventh in what is turning into a five-way battle for the final Europa Conference League qualifying spot.
Success over Fenerbahce will be far from straightforward, especially with the second-placed outfit in the hunt for the title, albeit being the outsiders trying to scupper Galatasaray’s ongoing irrepressible push for the league.
Six points separate the Yellow Canaries from the club atop the rankings, so Jorge Jesus is aware there is little margin for error even though the league is just past its halfway point.
Fener are the competition’s top scorers with 56 goals, 11 more than the club leading the race, but a soft underbelly threatens to undermine their tussle with Gala.
Jesus’s troops have let in seven more goals than the first-placed club, a flaw that may require fixing to have any chance of winning a first Super Lig title since 2013-14 and their 20th altogether.
With Galatasaray not playing until March 11, a win for Fenerbahce at Kayserispor sees them cut the lead at the top to three points, heaping some pressure on the side favoured to claim the biggest domestic honour in Turkey.
Their six-game unbeaten run against Saturday’s hosts adds to the feeling that they could extend that streak without losing to seven, thus securing a seventh victory from the last eight games.
Kayserispor missed a huge chance to end this poor spell of results in November 2021 when they blew a two-goal lead late on at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to draw 2-2.
The reverse fixture unsurprisingly ended 2-0 to Fener at the start of September, making them favourites to edge Saturday’s outing and inflict a fifth home defeat on the Kayseri-based outfit.
Kayserispor vs Fenerbahce Playing XI
Kayserispor possible starting lineup:
Bayazit; Sazdagi, Hosseini, Kocaman, Carole; Campanharo, Kemen, Karimi; Cardoso, Thiam, Mane
Fenerbahce possible starting lineup:
Bayindir; Kadioglu, Akaydin, Szalai, Lincoln; Arao, Rossi, Kahveci; Zajc; Valencia, King
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