Rizespor vs Akhisarspor
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Sunday, 27th January 2019
Kick-off at 10.30 UK/ 11.30 CET
Venue: Çaykur Didi Stadyumu (Rize).
A battle for glory, a battle for survival. Which one would you prefer to witness? Ever heard the joke of why the policeman couldn’t catch the thief? – The Policeman failed because he was running for his promotion. The thief managed to outrun him because he was fleeing for his life.
I know which battle I would prefer to watch.
Two of the weakest teams in the league and prime candidates for relegation take on each other in this enthralling encounter. One more defeat is just not an option, and especially to someone who is in direct competition to get out of the exit zone.
The teams have registered just a combined six wins between the total 36 games they have played so far in the competition. Both sets of fans desperately wish for a reversal in fortune and look eagerly, as well as tensely, towards this tie.
Rizespor vs Akhisarspor Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last five matches in a row had under 2.5 goals.
- The team on the road failed to score in two of the last three ties.
- Four of the last six fixtures at this venue ended with under 2.5 goals and failed to have both teams on the scorecard together.
- There have been two goalless draws in the last six games at the Çaykur Didi Stadyumu.
Rizespor vs Akhisarspor Prediction
There is no scope for a single mistake from the perspective of either team. They are pitted in a match, where the other is in a direct contest for a path outside of the bottom-most tier. A loss in this game will be more hurtful to their future, than their pride. Both teams will take extra care to make sure that they will not lose this tie.
As in games like this, we can expect the defense to crowd out every time an opposite forward comes with the ball and neutralize the danger. Players would bleed on the ground rather than concede a goal, and it’s almost a guarantee that the match will be low goal-scoring in nature.
Also, their previous h2h ties support this claim. The last five matches between these teams had under 2.5 goals, and four of the last two at this venue, too, had the same stat.
In all probability, we can expect a goalless first half.
Rizespor vs Akhisarspor Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Draw @ 2.20 (6/5)
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 @ 3.00 (2/1).