Ankaragucu vs Manisaspor match preview!
The big one is approaching us as Ankaragucu host Manisaspor in the top of the table clash on Sunday afternoon. Manisasspor sit 2 points ahead of Ankaragucu at the top after the Ankara side dropped 2 points last weekend at bottom club Bucaspor.
With a bumper crowd of over 20,000 expected at the 19 Mayis stadium to cheer Ankaragucu on, they will be hoping that it can spur the team onto victory and the 3 points. Both sides sit at the top of the table, although neither have set the fire alight with their performances. Both sides have also struggled in front of goal but experience has saw them come out on top in most games.
Ankaragucu welcomed back Adem Saglam, Murat Sozgelmez, Timur Kosovali and Mustafa Ozturk to first team training during the week and will be hoping they can be called upon if needed. It looks like both Gurkan Alver and Enes Kubat will miss out through injury and Mehmet Tasci is suspended. That could mean a return to the first team for Onur Atasayer who hasn't been seen since the embarrassing cup defeat against Payas.
The Ankaragucu fans will welcome Bayram Olgun back to the 19 Mayis Stadium, the former goalkeeper is now 1st choice for Manisasspor and will be hoping for a warm reception from the fans. Bayram was a great servant to the club and its the least he deserves. Another former Ankaragucu who will be in the Manisaspor starting line up is former fans favourite Barbaros Barut.
Manisaspor had a good 2-1 win over Keciorengucu last weekend despite being reduced to 10 men, they will be coming to Ankara full of confidence and looking to take the 3 points. A win for the visitors will put them into pole position and make it difficult for Ankaragucu although not impossible to catch up.
This is a must win match for Ankaragucu, too many matches this season they have had a chance to go clear at the top and they end up disappointing. Dropping 2 points against the side bottom of the league last week was unacceptable, and the players no they need to be at their best to win this game on Sunday.
One player who has come in for criticism from the fans is Mehmet Yildiz. The captain has struggled in front of goal this season and his all round performance last week was frustrating for him and the fans. Kemal Kilic will also hopefully have learned that we can't play with both Harun Aydin and Muhammed Gonulacar in a 4 man midfield. They can only play together if we have 5 in midfield or 3 with two wide attacking players. Hopefully we will see the return of Hasan Ayaroglu into the starting line up to provide that spark and pace the team was lacking last week.
It should be a cracking game on Sunday, ill be tuning into periscope and following the game there. Enjoy the game Kankas!!