Ankaragucu vs Besiktas match preview !
Ankaragucu travel to Istanbul to take on Besiktas in the Turkish Cup on Wednesday night. It remains to be seen if the game will go ahead with the Ankaragucu management threatening to take to the field 15 minutes late in protest against the Turkish FA for their failure to help the club.
Ankaragucu have a decent home record of recent against Besiktas with two draws and a win, the most recent a 0-0 draw at 19 Mayis last season. Their record in Istanbul isn't as good though and it will take a miracle to win on Wednesday night, but this is football and shocks do happen especially in cup competitions.
The young players will take a bit of confidence into the game after a good performance at the weekend against Samsunspor. As Jim mentioned Ankaragucu were unlucky not to take the three points and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Besiktas on the other hand won 3-1 at home to Akhisar with Filip Holosko and Hugo Almeida looking on good form.
Besiktas will also have a Scottish member of their squad, with former Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor playing in goal. Hopefully Ankaragucu can put some pressure on the Scotland number 1 with a shock win.
Ankaragucu will go into the game like this is a cup final, for these young players haven't had much to smile about of late, but there is no pressure on them on Wednesday night. This is a chance for them to enjoy themselves and take in the experience and create a bit of history. Hopefully our management will see sense and abandon their plans for disrupting the game.
Key players will be Bayram Olgun and Umit Kurt at the back who have been rock solid this season, while Mert Erdogan in midfield will be called upon to use his experience to help the younger players. Up front Timur will need to take the few chances that come his way.
Good luck Ankaragucu from the Round ball in Ankara !