Sports Mole previews Friday’s Turkish Super Lig clash between Adana Demirspor and Antalyaspor, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
However, they will face an Antalyaspor side who are also in high spirits after avoiding defeat in their last five matches in all competitions.
Firmly in the hunt for a European place, Adana Demispor occupy a top-four position ahead of their home meeting with Antalyaspor.
The hosts have hit their stride in recent weeks, winning three of their last four league games, and they can extend their unbeaten Super Lig run to five matches with a positive result on Friday.
Impressively, Adana Demirspor have found the net with ease in their previous four outings in the Super Lig, having scored 12 goals in that period.
On Friday, the hosts will be aiming to continue a 10-match unbeaten home run in all competitions, with Adana Demirspor undefeated at the New Adana Stadium since a 2-0 defeat against Yeni Malatyaspor in mid-October.
As for Antalyaspor, they currently sit five points above the relegation zone despite entering Friday’s contest off the back of a five-match unbeaten run across league and cup competitions.
In fact, they have the chance to claim a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions when they travel to the New Adana Stadium on Friday.
After overcoming Hatayspor in the Turkish Cup and picking up a comfortable home victory against Fatih Karagumruk, Nuri Sahin‘s side took to the road for a weekend encounter with Yeni Malatyaspor.
Luiz Adriano opened the scoring for the visitors within seven minutes before Fernando doubled the lead in the 59th minute, and although Rahman Bugra Cagran grabbed a late goal for the hosts, Antalyaspor saw the contest out to claim all three points.
That result represented Antalyaspor’s second away victory of the Super Lig season, and a third away win on Friday would certainly help alleviate fears of a relegation battle.
Adana Demirspor Turkish Super Lig form:
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Antalyaspor Turkish Super Lig form:
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Despite missing two penalties, Assombalonga’s brace last weekend should ensure that he starts once again on Friday, although Mario Balotelli – who returns from a one-match suspension – is also an option upfront.
Bjarnason dropped to the bench for the Gaziantep contest, but after scoring as a second-half substitute, the Iceland international could return to the starting lineup.
Ruud Boffin will keep his place in goal after returning to the starting lineup against Yeni Malatyaspor following a one-match suspension.
Luiz Adriano scored the first goal for his new club last weekend, and he will feature in the forward line for Antalayspor on Friday.
Adana Demirspor possible starting lineup:
Muric; Svensson, Sanuc, Akaydin, Kanak; Inler, Stambouli; Akgun, Bjarnason, Vargas; Assombalonga
Antalyaspor possible starting lineup:
Boffin; Balci, Naldo, Kudryashov, Vural; Poli, Fernando; Ndao, Mehmedi, Sinik; Luiz Adriano
We say: Adana Demirspor 2-1 Antalyaspor
Adana Demirspor emerged victorious from the reverse meeting between the two sides in October, and although both teams are currently enjoying unbeaten runs of form, we think that the hosts will continue their impressive home record by claiming a narrow victory on Friday.