By Richard Beale…….
Saturday October 29th : kick off 3-30pm : Venue Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium:White Group Div 1
ESENTEPE KKSK v OZANKÖY SK.
The first home League match of the season bring together two local rivals, who over the years have fought some tough battles. This Saturday’s match should be no different and a mouth watering match is in prospect. Both teams won their opening fixtures of the season, Esentepe winning 2-0 away to Bostancı. Ozanköy 1-0 home to Gönyeli. Ozanköy are back in League 1 after gaining promotion last season, and being relegated in season 2013-14. It is good to see them back, they are one of the country’s oldest League clubs, and the Club is run in the right manner. They normally promote players through their youth teams, and a couple of seasons ago had a thriving soccer academy, hopefully they still have. Ozanköy used to have a good Ex-pat following, again hopefully they still have .
Ozanköy entered heavily into the transfer maket in the summer bringing in 7 new players including a “rarity” of a Greek Cypriot Michalis Michail, who was signed from Supa League Club Değirmenlik. Another new signing was the burly striker Arda Özkan and together with last seasons top scorer Bekir Yildiz they will provide a handful to the Esentepe defence. It will be an intriguing contest between Arda and Esentepe defender Fırat Kulle both former teammates at Görneç last season. Arda is an ox of a man, very powerful, and Fırat is tall and strong as well, the match could well hinge on who wins this battle. Bekir is a very good player as well, being the Division 2 leading goal scorer with 19 goals last season, again will need some watching.
Esentepe’s confidence is sky high after last weekends victory ad should remain unchanged, though a couple of players have slight knocks
DOWN MEMORY LANE : October 19th 2013.
The last time these two teams met was in season 2013-14, which saw Ozanköy relegated. It also saw the Lesague debut of Esentepe’s Mahmut Izoğlu, then aged 18, and he has been an ever present since then. Esentepe won by 2-0, with goals from Deniz 34mins and Mumin 83 mins.
ESENTEPE TEAM (4-4-1-1)
Ali (gk) : Mahmut, Berkan, Barış, Emek : Kaan (Mumin 61), Vurkan (Sergen 78), Hüseyin, Burak :İlyas (Umar 62) : Deniz.
PREDICTION : A close game, with Esentepe carry on with their good start a 2-1 win- we shall see.
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