Sivasspor take on the visitors Ankaragucu in the round 5 match of Turkish Super Lig. The match will be played on Monday, September 18th at Yeni 4 Eylül Stadyumu (Sivas).
At the end of the previous season, Sivasspor finished 14th in the Super Lig table, with one point less than Ankaragucu. However, in the new championship, the Brave started better than their opponents, only losing one of their first four matches. That loss was to the strong Besiktas (last year's bronze medalist) away from home. Sivasspor have shared points with their opponents twice, drawing 1-1 with Samsunspor and Antalyaspor. In the current season, they have already celebrated one victory, defeating Gazisehir Gaziantep 3-1 away from home. I believe that in the upcoming match, Sivasspor are capable of securing their second victory in the championship.
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Ankaragucu doesn't have much to boast about at the start of this current championship – four rounds, zero wins. They managed to draw twice, against Fatih Karagumruk (1-1) and Adana Demirspor (1-1). In the other two matches, they suffered defeats. While they lost at home to the formidable Fenerbahce (0-1), they were also defeated away by the relatively modest Kasimpasa (2-3). Another defeat for Ankaragucu in the upcoming match wouldn't be surprising. However, a victory for Ankaragucu on Sivasspor's home turf doesn't seem very likely.
Although Sivasspor have only one victory in their current campaign, it's hard to deny that they've started the new championship better than their opponents. I assess Sivasspor's chances of success in this match to be higher than their opponent's. Therefore, I'm choosing a logical bet – a (0) handicap for the home team. The head-to-head statistics also favor this prediction, as Ankaragucu have lost six of the last eight meetings between the two teams. In the last two meetings on Sivasspor's home turf, the hosts were stronger, including last season when they triumphed 2-0, scoring a goal in each half.
Prediction for the match: Sivasspor to win with 0.0 handicap.