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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Bursaspor on their way up the Turkish table

Bursaspor coach Paul Le Guen
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Turkish Super Lig
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Bursaspor have made a reasonable start to the Turkish Super Lig season despite a difficult schedule and they can climb into the top half with a home victory over basement boys Osmanlispor, who are five points below them.

After the last round of fixtures Bursaspor had played all of the top five teams and had accumulated a respectable nine points from seven matches.

They look a much better side than the one who finished 14th last season, just two points above the drop zone, and have been heading in the right direction since the ambitious summer appointment of Paul Le Guen - a vastly experienced manager who has had stints at Lyon and Paris St-Germain.

Le Guen has made some impressive signings. Congo international striker Dzon Delarge was snapped up from Austrian side Admira and made an instant impact, scoring four goals in six appearances.

The midfield looks much stronger since the acquisition of Udinese loanee Emmanuel Badu, who was once a first-team regular for his Serie A parent club, and Nigerian international defender William Troost-Ekong has boosted the back line since arriving from Gent.

Bursaspor look like a side with plenty of scope to climb the table and are a great value odds-against bet to topple Osmanlispor, who seem to have gone backwards since featuring in the Europa League last season.

Osmanlispor lost a couple of important players in the summer window with Cameroon striker Pierre Webo, scorer of nine league goals last term, joining Gaziantepspor and key Senegalese midfielder Papa Ndiaye signing for Galatasaray.

Ten permanent new signings have been brought in but head coach Irfan Buz is struggling to find the right blend.

Osmanlispor have posted just one point from three games on the road and their poor start may continue.

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