DAVID SMITH - Thursday, February 24, 2011
Freddy Adu will hope to put on a repeat of his dazzling debut for Rizespor when they visit Güngören Belediyespor while Jozy Altidore is out with an ankle injury for Bursaspor's trip to Bucaspor.
Güngören Belediyespor - Caykur Rizespor
After last weekend's promising two-assist debut performance against fellow promotion challengers Orduspor, Freddy Adu should once again be in Rizespor's starting lineup on Sunday when they visit Güngören Belediyespor.
The young American gave team officials and rabid fans exactly what they had been looking for in last weekend's first run-out, doing much of the work on two of his team's three goals and generally remaining a thorn in their opponent's side throughout his 86 minutes on the field.
The win thrust Rizespor back up the standings to third place in what is a tight race amongst the top eight teams in the league. A total of five point separate first from eighth, with Rizespor sitting just one point out of one of the two automatic promotion spots to the Turkish top flight.
They could be in line for another three points against a team which has struggled at home all season long, just winning two out of eleven at the Mimar Yahya Bas Stadium.
While they are in the middle of the standings at 11th place, they are not entirely in the clear of relegation, with just a five-point gap below them to the drop zone into the lower reaches of the Turkish system.
Neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions heading into the game.
Jozy Altidore has confirmed the fears that an ankle injury suffered early in last week's loss to Gaziantepspor will keep him out of Friday's visit to relegation-threatened Bucaspor.