Black Sea Storm aims to boost points, morale against Antep

Just a few short days ago, Trabzonspor found a win it desperately needed to start down the road to stability, and the cluband’s coach Shota Arveladze needs to keep the Black Sea Storm on that path with a win over Gaziantepspor in their week 10 encounter on Wednesday.
The 10th week was moved to the weekend in order to avoid Turkeyand’s elections, which means that Spor Toto Super League teams have had less of a break and time to prepare than normal.
Trabzonspor snatched a 2-0 victory at Sivasspor over the weekend to break its four-match losing streak. One victory against another struggling team is not enough to silence the cluband’s most temperamental of fans, but it is a start.
Supporters were angry enough over the string of defeats — mostly against smaller teams such as top-flight newcomer Osmanlispor, Torku Konyaspor and Mersin idman Yurdu, though Galatasaray was also included — that they started to call for the resignation of beloved former striker Shota.
Antep will not be a pushover, though. Both teams have 13 points after 10 matches, and Gaziantep also won its last fixture, 1-0 against Mersin at home. Each of the cluband’s is hoping to improve its standings at the middle of the table. Trabzon is in ninth and Gaziantep 10th, but at this early point in the season, it is relatively easy to change your fate.
h2 Youth and moraleh2 Muhammet Demir is Antepand’s striker to stop, having scored four goals already this season. Trabzonsporand’s Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo is just one behind with three.
It is no secret that Shota has run into serious morale problems, with some of his top talents dragging on and off the pitch, including Turkey midfielder Mehmet Ekici and goalkeeper Onur Kivrak among the sufferers.
However, Onurand’s absence has given young third-string goalie Esteban Alvarado a chance to be discovered. The young Costa Rican kept a completely clean slate in Trabzonand’s win over Sivas with 10 saves, the most in a league match so far, which is quickly endearing him to disgruntled fans. Shota is hoping the keeperand’s performance is a sign of things to come, but he knows it will not be easy.
and”Football is a long marathon, we need to get out of our current situation. I really want to, and Trabzonspor has the quality to be able to do it,and” Shota said after the win. and”We are very far from being comfortable. God willing, I will never get comfortable and instead will go in for a good contest. Letand’s not settle because we are going to get better. We can relax at the end of the season,and” he added.
h2 Pan-league coach troubleh2 Counterpart Mutlu Topandcu is also under fire at Gaziantep. The team signed him on a two-year contract this summer after landing itself in ninth at the end of the season. This year is not shaping up to be any better, as Antep has four losses and four wins after nine matches with the little-known coach.
After being shut out by Trabzonspor, Sivasspor coach Sergen Yalandcin resigned. If his team does not perform well against the Black Sea Storm on Wednesday, Topandcu might be in similar trouble. If the team does perform well, than it is Shota whose job is in danger.
It may seem extreme to switch coaches around so soon after they have signed on, yet this is a common occurrence in the Super League, and it is hard to say exactly how helpful or harmful this is to smaller Turkish clubs. In any case, they rarely finish a season under one coach. Trabzon and Gaziantep would both lose stability and confidence if they donand’t win, so both coaches will try every trick in the book to win, with their jobs at stake.
The match kicks off to referee andcaiatay iahanand’s whistle at Trabzonand’s Handuseyin Avni Aker Stadium at 9:45 p.m. Also on Wednesday, Bursaspor hosts Sivasspor and Kayserispor hosts andcaykur Rizespor, both at 7:00 p.m.