Episode 335: The Mother Of All Dead Rubbers

May 18, 2017

The title race seems like it’s going to go down to the wire.  The relegation dogfight looks to be almost over.  Also, two teams have guaranteed themselves promotion from the second tier, with all to play for in the lower division.

Week 31 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Two teams are officially doomed to relegation, while one will need the rest of the season to go their way.  Both leaders won their matches, although one had to execute a comeback to win their match.  Akhisar Belediyespor has looked inspired over the last month’s worth of league games to say the least, as they continue their recent explosion of scoring.  Rizespor now has a bigger hole to dig out if they want to stay in the top flight.  The remaining schedule though for Rizespor might be in their favor in comparison with Bursaspor.  The Week 32 schedule gets a rundown.

The Turkish Cup final now has its two participants.  Konyaspor took advantage of having the home field in their second leg match against Kasimpasa.  As for Fenerbahce against Istanbul Basaksehir, it seemed like that match seemed to go on forever (or at least the penalty kick shootout anyway).

The TFF first division wraps up its regular season this weekend.  The teams that will finish in the top two, which are the automatic promotion spots, have now been determined for this season.  Those two teams happen to be playing each other this weekend, so it’s a matter of who wins the division outright.  Two spots for the promotional playoffs will be contested by three teams.  Also, the relegation dogfight is far crazier than the top flight, with five teams still in contention to stay up in the second tier.

This week’s episode concludes with Turkey’s U17s in the U17 Euros.  Unfortunately, Turkey will not be playing for the title.  While Turkey were eliminated, the pundits take a look back at the U17 Turkish national team that won the tournament back in 2005.  It’s more of a “where are they now” sort of discussion.

 

 

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