Monday, October 29, 2012

Ankaragucu vs Corum Belediyespor match preview !

Its back to Turkish Cup action on Wednesday afternoon as Ankaragucu host Corum Belediyespor in the Turkish Cup second round. After yesterdays 4-1 drubbing at home to Gaziantep BB the club will be hoping to bounce back with a win over the Lig 3 side.

Corum have been struggling this season but recorded an impressive 4-1 home victory over Diyarbakirspor at the weekend. In the last round of the cup they knocked out high flying Lig 1 side Adana Demirspor out after a 2-1 victory at home.

Ankaragucu progressed after a 5-1 extra time victory over Igdir Universitesi, however this will be a much tougher test and the opposition must be respected otherwise Ankaragucu could find themselves on the end of another embarrassing defeat.

We have spoken the last couple of weeks about how Ankaragucu haven't been at their best, that quick one touch passing, creating lots of chances and high intensity work rate that was there at the start of the season has been missing. Maybe its because the other teams have found their form and sharpness, but this is certainly not the Ankaragucu side that should have beaten both Karsiyaka and Kayseri Erciyesspor who are both sitting at the top of the table.

Mert Erdogan was a big loss during the week and its important to get him back into the team as soon as possible. The likes of Aytac Oden, Orhan Evci, Volkan Geyic, Bilal Gulden and Serkan Sirin need to up their performances. Young Gokhan Erdogan came on as a sub at the weekend and was our best player, he should come back into the starting line up and maybe the likes of Artun and Sinan will be given a chance.

The kick off time for the match will be 1330 on Wednesday afternoon, you have to ask why the Turkish FA have decided to go with this kick off time due to the fact 95% of the fans will either be at work or school. Mind you, this is an organisation that turns a blind eye to corruption and match fixing.


  1. Well said Nadeem. I'm still seething at this idiotic KO time when we have a Stadium with floodlights and ..... a large support base !

    I'll have to ask Nadeem to do this report because I have a meeting after school on Wednesday and then I'll be rushing off to a prior engagement at night, which incidentally I could have cancelled if there had been an evening KO !!

    As for the match, we definitely need Mert back in the side. I've noticed that he is the player who all the young lads look to for guidance and inspiration, and ..... he's a young lad himself !

    He's maturing fast in this unusual situation and I wouldn't be surprised if he is 'uprooted' during the January transfer window by one of our opponents...... perish the thought !

  2. Im working then going straight to Rangers game Jim, but i can put up the score and that on my break at work.

    Agreed with Mert, we need to get him and Muhammed back as soon as possible, also mehmet cogum but it looks like he will be out for a while injured