Konyaspor vs Erzurumspor
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu, Konya.
BB Erzurumspor had to claw their way through the play-offs to secure the historical maiden promotion to the top flight. They came fifth at the end of the regular season in 1. Lig but wins over Umraniyespor and Gazisehir Gaziantep allowed them to finally make a breakthrough and achieve the biggest success in their short history (the club was founded in 2005).
Mehmet Altiparmak will make their elite tier debut on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu hoping to avoid a defeat against the Anatolian Eagle.
It will be quite a tough challenge for the visitors as Konya were pretty impressive in their pre-season showings. They even defeated Dutch giants Ajax 0-1 in late-July. Riza Calimbay’s men come into this off the back of a 1-2 win over NAC Breda and a 3-3 draw to Eskisehirspor.
Konyaspor vs BB Erzurumspor: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams, following BB Erzurumspor’s first ever appearance in the top flight of the Turkish football.
Konyaspor vs Erzurumspor: Prediction
Konya had a dismal campaign in the previous term of Super Lig in spite of possessing quality to challenge the top-half positions. Calimbay indeed has a remarkable firepower on display up front with the likes of Adis Jahovic and Moryke Fofana.
The Macedonian forward scored three goals in last two friendlies and he will certainly be the biggest threat to the visitors’ goal on the occasion.
Erzurum chose to play much easier opponents in the pre-season and it’s hardly to judge the relevance of the fact they shipped only a single goal in last three matches against Kardemir Karabukspor, Hatayspor and Gumushanespor.
Konya took most of their points on the home patch in the previous term of Super Lig and we have to see them as clear favourites to snatch the spoils against the recently-promoted side in the season opener.
Konyaspor vs Erzurumspor: Bet Tips
Konyaspor to win @ 1.75
Konyaspor to keep a clean sheet @ 2.40.