Sivasspor will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 5-3 Europa League defeat last time out to Villarreal.
In that game, Sivasspor had 33% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. For Sivasspor, the scorers were Olarenwaju Kayode (33'), Mustapha Yatabaré (43') and Max-Alain Gradel (64'). Villarreal CF had 21 shots on goal with 11 of them on target. Takefusa Kubo (13'), Carlos Bacca (20'), Juan Foyth (57') and Paco Alcácer (74', 78') scored for Villarreal.
Matches featuring Sivasspor have usually been absorbing encounters recently with high scoring expected. Over their past 6 games, a grand total of 21 goals have been scored for both sides combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 9 of those coming from Yiğidolar. We will find out if that trend will be sustained into this next match.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Sivasspor:
- have not won against Çaykur Rizespor in their previous 4 matches in the league.
- are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
Çaykur Rizespor will come into the game after a 5-3 Süper Lig win as they beat MKE Ankaragücü in their last outing.
For Çaykur Rizespor, the goalscorers were Fernando Andrade (19'), Fernando Henrique Boldrin (45') and Loïc Rémy (55', 62', 78'). Joseph Paintsil (6', 16') and Torgeir Børven (43') scored for MKE Ankaragücü.
Looking at their form, and Çaykur Rizespor have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 11 goals in all. At the back, Atmacalar have seen their frailties exposed.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Çaykur Rizespor:
- have not won against Sivasspor when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
- remain unbeaten by Sivasspor when they’ve played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 11 league matches. A poor run.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels dating back to 13/09/2015, there has been little to separate the clubs with Sivasspor winning 1 of those games, Çaykur Rizespor 1 and 4 being drawn in normal time.
A combined sum of 12 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 6 of them from Yiğidolar and 6 netted by Atmacalar. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.
Team News: Sivasspor
Looking at personnel, there is just the lone fitness concern for the Sivasspor manager Riza Çalımbay to contend with from an otherwise complete group of players. Aaron Appindangoyé (Injury to the ankle) will miss out. Armin Djerlek cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Çaykur Rizespor
Thanks to a completely healthy group to pick from, Çaykur Rizespor manager Stjepan Tomas does not have any fitness worries to report before this game.
We envisage that Sivasspor will likely get the goals that they need against Çaykur Rizespor, who will be up against it scoring.
Therefore, we are anticipating a pretty comfortable 2-0 margin for Sivasspor at the end of this one.
What are the top odds for the game?
Checking on the latest odds for this match in the 90 min. result market, a win for Sivasspor is best priced at 1.835, a wager on the draw is 3.88 & putting your money on a victory for Çaykur Rizespor gets you 4.1. They are the top market prices on offer at present.