Despite the home side having one more win to their name, these two sides have lost five of their opening six matches in 2021-22.
Having producing a storming end to the last campaign, everyone associated with Istanbul would have expected the club to be competing for the top four this time around.
However, five defeats - all by a one-goal margin - have left the Gray Owls sitting in the relegation zone with just three points and four strikes to their name.
Even the best clubs in the division have dropped points in at least two games, a scenario which has ensured that Aykut Kocaman does not have to panic about his team's current situation.
Nevertheless, the pressure is on to record another three points, particularly against opponents who find themselves in a similar situation.
Istanbul slipped to a 1-0 reverse at Gaziantep FK on Wednesday, the solitary goal being scored in a record-breaking 10 seconds.
The sole positive of Rizespor's season came on the second weekend when they claimed a goalless draw against Fatih Karagumruk.
While the Black Sea Sparrowhawk can claim to possess a better attack than Istanbul, Bulent Uygun will be concerned about 10 goals being conceded during their last four fixtures.
In three of those games, Rizespor only got themselves on the scoresheet when facing a two-goal deficit, a trend which cannot continue in the long run.
Yannick Bolasie has made an impression since his arrival last month, the former Everton winger finding the back of the net against Altay earlier this week.
With Sener Ozbayrakli a first-half withdrawal in the game earlier this week, Kocaman has decisions to make regarding his defence.
Having made three substitute appearances this season, Nacer Chadli could finally be handed his first start.
Istanbul Basaksehir possible starting lineup:
Babacan; Ponck, Duarte, Ndayishimiye, Lima; Chadli, Aleksic, Cigerci, Tekdemir, Turuc; Okaka
Caykur Rizespor possible starting lineup:
Akkan; Gonul, Ay, Holmen, Koc; Djokovic, Sabo; Boyd, Potuk, Bolasie; Umar
We say: Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 Caykur Rizespor
At some point this season, Istanbul will surely show their true qualities and move up the standings. While that may not necessarily occur this weekend, we still expect the home side to have enough in the tank to prevail from this contest with three points.