Aron Wright - May 17, 2018
Trabzonspor vs Kardemir Karabukspor
Turkish Super Lig
Date: Friday, 18th May 2018
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Senol Gunes Stadium (Trabzon).
The season is done and dusted for both Trabzonspor and Karabukspor even before they meet up in the final game of the 2017-18 Turkish Super Lig season.
The hosts are 5th in the table, out of Europa League, still want to finish off the season with a win in front of the home fans as well a point is needed to ensure that they finish ahead of 6th placed Goztepe.
Kardemir Karabukspor are already relegated and this is their worst ever season in Turkey’s top football league after managing a humble 12 points so far. The team sitting above them have an 18 point lead and the result here will not bring them anything.
On form, Trabzonspor are the better side after picking 3 wins and a draw from their last 6. Yet, they didn’t get going in recent home games and are coming on the back of a 2 match losing streak. Moreover, they won just twice during their last 8 home games.
Karabuk are coming on the back of a 13 match losing streak and were the subject of some massive defeats in the last few weeks. They were thrashed 7-0 by Fenerbahce last week and lost to the newly promoted Goztepe 5-0 a week ago.
The teams share 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses from their last 6 head-to-head meetings in the Turkish Super Lig.
At home, Trabzon won three on the bounce against Karabuk. Also, they won 7 of the last 8 h2h meetings in all competitions here, while losing once.
The teams played out a 1-1 draw when they met earlier this season.
We do not need to brainstorm a lot to find the potential winner of this game. Trabzonspor are the one to back here, with the advantage of playing at their home turf against a team that lost 12 consecutive Super Lig matches.