Trabzonspor vs Genclerbirligi by Keyvay
Gençlerbirliği is an interesting team in the Turkish league. They've had a history of winning improbable matches and causing shifts in the upper standings of the table by beating the very best teams. Tonight however will not be that simple.
I would not want to give much credit to Trabzonspor for beating Galatasaray 3-0 last week since Galatasary was simply in terrible shape. But it cannot be denied that with Ersun Yanal (Who made Fenerbahçe last year's champion) becoming the new head coach for Trabzonspor, there is a very positive trend in the game thy play. The Galatasaray win may not be a reference for this match, but the Metalist game is. During the 3-1 win against Metalist, not only was the team playing a very positive football, but also the team spirit and chemistry looked well too. I can personally say that it was the first time in a while where I saw the Trabzonspor players smiling, and that to some extent may be attributed to the new coach.
Having played just on Thursday, Trabzonspor have a congested fixture in the following weeks. The Turkish Cup is starting and they will be playing against Beşiktaş next week. Trabzonspor will be missing defender Salih Dursun and main goalkeeper Onur Kıvrak tonight, although their replacements will not lack in quality. On the other hand, Gençlerbirliği will be missing two of their best midfielders (who help extremely well defensively and are able to hold the ball) Doğa Kaya and Nizamettin Çalışkan tonight.
Like I said before, Gençlerbirliği is not a team to be taken lightly and you cannot expect a crushing victory from Trabzonspor tonight. However, with the upcoming congested fixture, their need for points in order to climb the ladder, and the positive atmosphere that came up with Ersuna Yanal, it is safe to say that Trabzonspor will be getting the 3 points tonight.
With my prediction, I want to take things a bit further. I'm sure that Gençler will not be easily bullied by the heavily offensive Trabzonspor team and I'm expecting a close game with a score of 2-1. The 3.40 odds for Trabzonspor winning by just 1 goal was simply too high and ideal for me to pass on and I just had to take it.
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|Handicap Result: Tie - (Gençlerbirliği+1)||Bet365||3.40||7||4-1 LOST (-7 units)|