DAVID SMITH - Friday, February 11, 2011
Both Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu will be looking to make their debuts in Turkey on Sunday when Bursaspor and Rizespor hit the road for vital league clashes.
Eskisehirspor - Bursaspor
Jozy Altidore will be looking to make an impact for Bursaspor on Sunday afternoon when they make the short trip southeast to visit Eskisehirspor.
Last weekend's 2-1 win over Sivasspor helped Bursaspor keep well within reach of the Superlig top spot. They are currently tied on points with leaders Trabzonspor, however trail by way of goal differential.
Altidore was not included in the gameday roster in that game for head coach Ertugrul Saglam as he had just joined up with the team, however is a likely candidate to take the field at some point on Sunday alongside Scottish forward Kenny Miller.
Their opponents Eskisehirspor are in the midst of a truly mediocre season, with seven wins and draws alongside six losses placing them squarely in the middle of the standings at ninth place.
They are likely still feeling the sting of their 4-2 thrashing at the hands of Galatasaray, and will certainly want to atone for the home crowd by making life tough for the reigning league champions.
Ismail Haktan Odabasi and Serdar Aziz appear to be question marks for Bursaspor with slight injuries that have hampered them in training while the hosts are reporting no absences.
Kayseri Erciyesspor - Caykur Rizespor
Freddy Adu will hope to take the field for Rizespor on Sunday when they try to jump back up the 1. Lig standings on their journey to Erciyesspor.
Last weekend's 1-0 home loss at the hands of Denizlispor dropped Rizespor from third to sixth place, however a tight group at the top of the standings could even see them climb into one of the top two spots should they find a way to take all three points on Sunday.
As it stands now, they would qualify for the playoff to gain promotion to Turkey's top flight, however the team will certainly be gunning for one of the two automatic spots atop the league.
Defender Evren Kurkcu returns to the Rizespor's lineup after sitting out last week's game with a card suspension, however starting keeper Kursunlu will take his place in the stands after seeing a straight red in the loss.
Erciyesspor are looking to turn around a recent cold streak during which they have lost three times and drawn six since their last win back in early-November.
While they have been able to ride out their hot start to the season to remain well clear of any relegation danger, this run has seen what looked like a run at promotion begin dissolve into a relatively lackluster overall campaign.
The team is currently reporting no injuries or suspensions.