CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, May 13, 2011
Jozy Altidore and Bursaspor hope to put last week's embarassing cancellation behind them against Kasimpasa while Freddy Adu and Rizespor hope to keep their hopes to make the promotional playoffs alive.
Kasimpasa – Bursaspor
Bursapor roll into Istanbul on Sunday to defend their third-place standing, after being disciplined earlier this week for the cancellation of last weekend's match against Beşiktaş due to fan violence. Declared a 3-0 win for Besiktas, the result means Bursa sit in third on even points with Gaziantepspor and a seven-point lead in goal-differential.
Striker Jozy Altidore can expect to see action to help the Green Crocodiles shake off the bad news and still salvage a spot in next season's Europa League.
The prospects look good against the Süper Lig's cellar dwellars, although forward Sercan Yıldırım and Bulgarian netminder Dimitar Ivankov must sit out due to injuries sustained this week. A win for the Green Crocodiles will ensure inclusion in next season's Europa League.
Kasimpaşa face no major injury worries, but are trying to save face after clinching relegation after their loss last weekend to local rivals Galatasaray.
Samsunspor – Caykur Rizespor
The game to watch this weekend is on Sunday afternoon when Rize travel to neighboring Samsun to face the league leaders and try to preserve their spot in the promotion play-off.
Recent goal-scorer Freddy Adu can expect to see time on the field, after finding the back of the net in his previous two outings.
Rize defeated TKI Tavsanli last weekend 3-1 thanks to a strike from the American that ensured the win, his fourth of the season since coming to Turkey.
Samsun are coming off a 3-1 loss at Gaziantep BB, and look to avenge the loss with a full squad on Sunday.
Rize are not reporting any major injuries or suspensions.