Rizespor vs Kasimpasa
Turkey – Super Lig
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Caykur Didi Stadyumu, Rize.
Rizespor earned an immediate comeback to the elite class of the Turkish football after spending a one-year loan in 1. Lig. They won the second tier competition last year, ending the season six points clear off second-placed Ankaragucu.
However, the hosts had a dreadful campaign in pre-season friendlies and the head coach Ibrahim Uzulmez does not quite have reasons for optimism ahead of the campaign opener against Kasimpasa on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors are targeting another top-half finish after coming 8th at the end of the last season in Super Lig. They had much better results this summer, going unbeaten in five friendlies (two wins and three draws).
Kemal Ozde can be happy with his side’s defensive approach in these matches given that the Apaches did not concede two or more goals in any of five games against Boluspor, Utrecht, Heracles, Oss and Istanbulspor.
Rizespor vs Kasimpasa: Head-to-head
Rizespor lead the head to head tie by two wins ahead of 25th encounter with Kasimpasa.
However, it’s the Apaches who have dominated this match-up in the most recent history, winning three and drawing one of past four meetings with Rize.
It is interesting to note that four or more goals were seen in four of last five head to head games.
Rizespor vs Kasimpasa: Prediction
Kasimpasa scored two or more goals in all of last four outings against Karadeniz Atmacasi. They could well keep such streak going on Saturday knowing Rize conceded as many as eight goals in back-to-back defeats to Salzburg and Al Shabab before falling 0.1 to lower-division Giresunspor in the final test last weekend. Kasimpasa are 2.50 to score two or more goals on the occasion.
As mentioned above, the Apaches were very tough to break down in the pre-season. They conceded just two goals in five games and they could be well worth backing to keep a clean sheet here at the 4.00 odds. The away win or draw double chance is another decent bet at 1.61 as well as the clear away win at 3.00.
Rizespor vs Kasimpasa: Betting Tips
Kasimpasa Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.50
Kasimpasa to keep a clean sheet @ 4.00.