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Key tussle in race for Europe should be light on goal action.

FOOTBALL KASIMPASA v OSMANLISPOR 6pm EUROPA LEAGUE qualification remains a realistic target for both Kasimpasa and Osmanlispor so this evening's encounter at the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium is likely to be evenly-contested, writes Dan Zeqiri.

Back-to-back defeats mean that hosts Kasimpasa are in serious danger of failing to build on their impressive 2-1 home win over Turkish Super League leaders Besiktas and 1-0 success at Akhisar Belediye at the start of last month.

A Lukas Podolski-inspired Galatasaray condemned them to a 4-1 loss eight days ago and they have found goals hard to come by recently, scoring only six in their last six league matches.

Nevertheless, Riza Calimbay's charges remain seven points behind fourth-placed Istanbul Basaksehir, who occupy the league's final European place with six games remaining.

Kasimpasa's most productive player of late has been Argentinian attacking midfielder Ezequiel Scarione, who has bagged three goals in his last four appearances.

Visitors Osmanlispor have not lost for 12 league games and seem the more likely to challenge for European places and sit just three points away from a Europa League berth in fifth.

Mustafa Resit Akcay's men are looking for a fifth consecutive clean sheet too and their defensive parsimony has earned them two wins and two draws in that run. And one of those draws was a highly creditable 0-0 away to second-placed Fenerbache.

With the sides hard to separate Recommendation Under 2.5 goals 1pt 19-20 bet365

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2016
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