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By Richard Beale…..

Sunday December 11 : K-Pet League 1 White Group : k.o. 2-30pm : Venue : Denizli Stadium.

After a weekend without a match, Esentepe return to the fray when they make the long trip to Denizli on Sunday. It is the longest away trip of the season starting off on the East coast and finishing on the West coast of the Island. The weekend off was supposed to give the players a rest and time for those niggling injuries to clear up. However it turned out to be the opposite as we lost another key player Muhamed Karal who suffered a horrific injury in training. With the pitches outside too wet to train on, the team have been training inside at a Sports Club in Girne. Muhamed suffered the injury during a practice match when he collided with a piece of gym equipment and suffering a really bad gash to his knee requiring 25 stitches, he will be out for at least a month. Also missing still with injury will be Uğurcan, so Coach Duvat Kansu has a few selection problems ahead of the game.

During the weekend of inactivity Esentepe were knocked off their top spot by Ozanköy. Denizli have not had the best of starts to the season and currently are in 7th place out of 11. Of the 7 matches they have played they have won 1 match, drawn 3 and lost 3. All their losses have been by the odd goal, they have only conceded 8 goals but have only scored 6 goals with their top scorer Kemal Solkanat netting 2 goals. Like Esentepe they have a young Coach at the helm Güney Düzgün, who was very active in the close season bringing in at least 8 new players to the Club. Also a number of players who were loaned out last season have returned to Denizli. With the number of goings and comings it is taking time to bed in.

Denizli are a difficult team to play against, normally they have 3 giant defenders over 6ft 4” at the back and are hard to break down.

Denizli are a relatively new club formed in 1985 and this will be Esentepe’s only third visit to the Denizli Stadium.

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE :
Season 2014-15 : 25/10/2014 : The first ever meeting between the two Clubs.

DENIZLI SK 0 ESENTEPE KKSK 0.
Esentepe Team : Ali (gk) : Mahmut, Berkan, Nersin, Emek : Kaan (Başak 68), Hüseyin, İlyas, Burak (Mehmet) : Deniz, Umar :
Season 2015 -16 : 14/2/2016 :

DENIZLI SK 2 ESENTEPE KKSK 2.
Esentepe missing several players through injuries and suspension were 2 goals down to Denizli after only 20 minutes. However in the second half inspired by a very rare goal from NERSIN with a tremendous 25 yard shot, Esentepe managed to score a goal deep in injury time through EMRAH to take a deserved point.

Esentepe Team : Tuğrul (gk) : Barış, Nersin, Salih, Eşref (Muhamed 30}: Umar, Mahmut, Berkan Emre Mutlu (Emre Soytürk 35) : Mehmet (Asif 85), Emrah :

CURRENT FORM (Recent first)
DENIZLI : LWDLLDD : ESENTEPE : DWWWDW

PREDICTIONS : Nersin (player) 3-0 Esentepe win : Burak (player) 3-1 Esentepe win : Mahmut (player) 2-1 Esentepe win :
Experts : 2 jags 2-1 Esentepe win : Pothole Pete : 1-0 Esentepe win : Burl Ives : 1-1 draw.

Sabrerich : I predict a very hard game. Denizli luck may well change soon and we will do very well to come away with a draw 1-1: