Former Turkish Superliga Teams Fight for a Playoffs Berth on ChristmasPublished December 25, 2015 by Florin P
Erciyesspor takes on a familiar rival in ambitious promotion bid (5:00 p.m UK Time).
Not that long ago, these two teams played in the Turkish Superliga, but they were unable to avoid relegation and will now meet in the first division. Both are secretly hoping to return to the elite of Turkish football and in order to succeed, they need to secure a playoffs berth. Erciyesspor is struggling at the bottom of the tables, but is the team in better form and will aim for outright victory against Samsunspor.
An Offensive Flurry for Erciyesspor
The visiting team was recently sitting in the last place and there were plenty who regarded them as the most likely team to relegate. Three back-to-back victories have elevated Erciyesspor from that desperate situation and they are now hoping to build on that success.
Defeating Samsunspor on the road will have a two-pronged effect, as the visitors will put more distance between them and the teams struggling in the relegation area. At the same time, they would close the gap separating them from those sitting on the podium, and get them back into the race for promotion. Over the last three games, they scored a combined eight goals, more than they did in all the previous matches.
Samsunspor's Offensive Woes Get Worse
The home side has been unable to score goals recently regardless of where the match took place and they are now mired in a five-game winless streak. To make matters worse, they were held scoreless in all these fixtures and they dropped from the first place.
Samsunspor is on the verge of leaving the pack of teams actively fighting for promotion and their top priority is to end the slide. It is most unlikely for their offensive to come alive overnight, so Bet365 players would be wise to take the double chance wager on the visiting team. Erciyesspor is entitled to hope for more than one point on the road, yet risk-averse punters are advised to bet on them not to lose.