Preview: Pendikspor vs. Konyaspor - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Sunday's Turkish Super Lig clash between Pendikspor and Konyaspor, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two teams battling for survival go head to head in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday, as Pendiskpor welcome Konyaspor to Pendik Stadium.

The hosts head into this match, two points adrift of safety while the visitors are in the drop zone due to an inferior goal difference.

Match preview

Ivo Vieira, now in charge of Famalicao, pictured in June 2020© Reuters

After going on a five-game unbeaten run from mid-January to early-February, Pendikspor looked like a side that was going to escape relegation.

However, Ivo Vieira's men head into this game having lost their last three matches, putting their survival hopes in jeopardy.

A 2-0 loss to Fatih Karagumruk was followed by another defeat by a similar scoreline against Trabzonspor, before a 4-1 defeat to Sivasspor last time out.

Currently in 18th with 26 points, two points adrift of the first side above the relegation zone, Gaziantep, Pendikspor must find inspiration to turn things around again, if they want to remain in the Super Lig for another season.

Next in line is a home fixture against a fellow-struggler whom they have only met once in history, which was earlier in this campaign.

A 2-1 away win in the reverse fixture will leave Vieira and his men feeling confident ahead of this clash, especially as they have won three of their last four home games.

Meanwhile, Konyaspor were in Turkish Cup action during the week as they saw their run in the competition end with a 2-0 defeat against Besiktas at the quarter-final stage.

It has been a similar case in the league this season for the Anatolian Eagles who would have had ambitions of pulling closer to the top four after finishing last term in eighth place.

However, Fahrudin Omerovic's side recorded a very-much needed victory last time out, beating Hatayspor 2-0 to boost their survival hopes.

Konyaspor head into gameweek 28 with just 28 points on the table and firmly in the scrap for top-flight survival, currently adrift of safety by one point.

Back on the road where they have won just one game all season, the Anatolian Eagles will hope last weekend's victory can serve as a springboard for a much-needed positive run.

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Team News

Konyaspor© Reuters

Pendikspor have just one absentee heading into this clash, with Souza Silva Welinton serving a one-man suspension for accumulated yellow cards.

Mehmet Umut Nayir and Mame Thiam are expected to be the attacking duo once again on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Konyaspor have a clean bill of health heading into this fixture, leaving Omerovic with a wealth of options.

Sokol Cikalleshi should lead the line once again, supported by the trio of Ogulcan Ulgun, Alassane Ndao and Louka Prip.

Soner Dikmen and Steven Nzonzi are the two players expected to play in the midfield, shielding the defence and linking attack.

Pendikspor possible starting lineup:
Canpolat; Ozgenc, Ozturk, Rassoul, Sequeira; Kaya, Midtsjoe; Diaby, Welinton; Thiam, Nayir

Konyaspor possible starting lineup:
Slowik; Oguz, Damjanovic, Yazgili, Haubert; Dikmen, N'Zonzi; Uglun, Ndao, Prip; Cikalleshi

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We say: Pendikspor 1-1 Konyaspor

Konyaspor come into this fixture with two wins in their last three games, their only defeat coming against Besiktas away from home. Although recent form favours Konyaspor, Pendikspor boast an impressive record of three wins in their last four home matches, suggesting they will not go down without a fight. We anticipate a close encounter, potentially ending in a draw.

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