Sports Mole previews Monday’s Turkish Super Lig clash between Giresunspor and Gaziantep, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The hosts are aiming for a third consecutive victory, while the visitors will be hoping to end a six-game winless run in all competitions.
After beating Goztepe 3-1 to end a run of six matches without a win, Hakan Keles took his side to the Caykur Didi stadium to face Caykur Rizespor last weekend.
With momentum in their favour, the visitors swiftly took the lead in the second half through Hamidou Traore, and they held firm to claim back-to-back victories.
Despite a couple of positive results, Hakan Keles’s side cannot afford to rest on their laurels with just three points separating them from the drop zone.
After conceding in each of their last eight home matches in all competitions, Keles will be challenging his team to keep a clean sheet on Monday.
Meanwhile, the visitors enter Monday’s contest eight points clear of the relegation zone in 11th place after accumulating 37 points from their 28 league games.
Since winning promotion to the top flight in 2019, Gaziantep have finished in eighth and ninth place in their last two campaigns, and their aim for the remainder of the season will be to clinch another top-half finish.
If they are to achieve a top 10 position then Gaziantep need to halt their current slide after collecting just two points from their last five league games.
The latest of those points came last weekend, when Gaziantep drew 2-2 at home against Hatayaspor, with Alexandru Maxim grabbing both goals for the hosts.
Having won just one away league game and collected only six points on their travels this season, confidence may be at a premium in the Gaziantep dressing room.
Giresunspor Turkish Super Lig form:
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After coming into the starting lineup for last weekend’s contest, Hayrullah Bilazer is expected to keep his place at right-back for Monday’s encounter.
Those alterations could see Maxim move back into midfield, with Demir and Joao Figueiredo set to feature in the front two.
Giresunspor possible starting lineup:
Kocuk; Bilazer, Diarra, Perez, Behich; Flavio, Traore; Suleymanov, Chiquinho, Serginho; Nayir
Gaziantep possible starting lineup:
Bozan; Djilobodji, Tosca, Caulker; Kitsiou, Maxim, Erdogan, Soyalp, Sagal; Demir, Figueiredo
We say: Giresunspor 2-1 Gaziantep
Despite sitting in a lower position in the table than their opponents, Giresunspor will enter Monday’s contest with an air of confidence following back-to-back victories, and we think they will claim another win when they face a Gaziantep side that are struggling to pick up points.