Just before we look ahead to this weekends matches, some breaking news tonight as Bozuyukspor have announced that they are withdrawing from the league due to financial problems and will as of next season play in the amateur leagues. The club could no longer afford to play in Lig 2 and will re start in the amateur leagues as a new club. Any team who is due to play Bozuyuk will be awarded a 3-0 win.
Onto Sundays match and its a return to the 19 Mayis Stadium for the Ankaragucu support and another big crowd is expected. The visitors are Eyupspor who Ankaragucu beat 6-0 the last time the two sides met at the start of the season. Eyupspor have improved since then and have just added veteran Turkish Striker Ahmet Dursun to their squad. Indeed they are on a 6 match unbeaten run and have held Alanyaspor and Tepecik to draws along the way.
Ankaragucu returned from Istanbul last weekend with the 3 points in a professional 2-0 win at Gungorenspor. The fans will have a chance to see new signings Serhat Aykuz, Erhan Guven, Mehmet Erdem and Volkan Yilmaz to name a few.
As said last week, Fuat Aykuz has done a fantastic job in his short time as Ankaragucu manager, we have already discussed how he has improved the defence. It will be interesting to see how the likes of Hasan Ayaroglu and Emre Tasdemir progress under his leadership. Both youngsters have been tipped to have big futures with the likes of Galatasaray, Bursa and Trabzonspor all been linked in the past. Emre has looked impressive and is even keeping Mehmet Tasci out of the team. Hasan needs to find that consistency and confidence to start holding down a starting place in the team.
Looks like Fuat will go with the 4-2-3-1 formation again with Selim Teber and Serhat protecting the defence allowing the likes of Volkan, Mehmet Cakir and Mehmet Erdem to support Levent in attack. Im predicting a 3-1 win for Ankaragucu in what will be a tough match. Kick off time will be 1330 Turkish time so make sure you are at the stadium early. The game will be shown live on Baskent TV for anyone wanting to watch it.
In other news youth team striker Mert Pamukkaya has joined Diyarbakirspor on loan until the end of the season.