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Antalyaspor vs Fenerbahce - Match Preview

23 Dec 2018 Ed Mackey TURKEY: Super Lig
TURKEY: Super Lig

Antalyaspor

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W

vs

Kick-off
17:00 GMT
24 December 2018

Fenerbahce

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
17:00 GMT 24 December 2018

Over the couple days leading up to Christmas Day, it’s rare to find quality football but there is a big clash in the Turkish Super Lig as Antalyaspor play host to Fenerbahce on Christmas Eve.

STATS

  • Antalyaspor have had a strong season so far and find themselves in 7th at this stage of the campaign with a game-in-hand over each of the sides above them. They have won three of their last six matches which isn’t exactly form that will set the world alight but they are steadily improving. They were beaten in their last match against Yeni Malatyaspor, getting a man sent off in a 2-0 loss.
  • Fenerbahce have had an embarrassing season so far and look like potential relegation candidates as they have won just once in their last 11 league games. It’s certainly a run of results that threatens relegation despite them progressing to the knockout stages in the Europa League. They kept up their strong form in the cups with a Turkish Cup fifth round win against Giresunspor.
  • Souleymane Doukara has led the line brilliant for Antalyaspor so far this season and with six league goals, he’s their leading scorer.
  • Fenerbahce have struggled to find a prolific source of goals this term as their new scorer, Andre Ayew, is leading the way with four.

HEAD TO HEAD

It’s been hard to separate the two sides over the last few seasons as neither side have been able to build a strong run of results. In the last 10, Fenerbahce have won six whilst Antalyaspor have won the other four. It was the former who won the last two fixtures on both occasions when they met last season with 4-1 and 1-0 victories. In the last five meetings, there have been over 4.5 goals in two of them while the other three have only had one.

ANTALYASPOR NEWS

While Antalyaspor can go level on points with the team in 3rd, they can only leapfrog Besiktas with a win due to their negative goal difference. Doukara might miss out for the hosts which could be a problem for them.

Latest matches: Antalyaspor

20.12.2018 Turk Darica G Birligi Antalyaspor 0:1 W
16.12.2018 Supe Malatya Bld Spor Antalyaspor 2:0 L
09.12.2018 Supe Bursaspor Antalyaspor 0:2 W
04.12.2018 Turk Antalyaspor Darica G Birligi 2:2 D
01.12.2018 Supe Antalyaspor Goztepespor 1:0 W

FENERBAHCE NEWS

A vital win for Fenerbahce would take them out of the drop zone and into 14th and with none of their star men out injured, they might be able to take advantage.

Latest matches: Fenerbahce

20.12.2018 Turk Giresunspor Fenerbahce 2:5 W
17.12.2018 Supe Fenerbahce Erzurum Buyuksehir 2:2 D
13.12.2018 UEFA FC Spartak Trnava Fenerbahce 1:0 L
09.12.2018 Supe Akhisar Bld Spor Fenerbahce 3:0 L
06.12.2018 Turk Fenerbahce Giresunspor 1:0 W

SUMMARY

It’s such a surprise to see Fenerbahce struggling in the league and their poor form may well continue against Antalyaspor who are favourites to take all three points. The visitors will expect to score and they should be able to do that, therefore, backing Antalyaspor to win and both teams to score might be fruitful.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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