OKAN UDO – Bursa aims to push ‘doomed’ BalIkesir further into abyss

Bursa aims to push ‘doomed’ BalIkesir further into abyssBursaspor hosts bottom club BalIkesirspor in week 24 of the Spor Toto Super League at Ataturk Stadium on Friday, aiming to win and put an end to its enigmatic performance in recent weeks. The 2009-10 league champion Bursaspor, aka the Green Crocs, has defied logic in the last four weeks.

Ienol GuneI’s Crocs lost 3-2 to BeIiktaI in Istanbul in week 20 and drew 1-1 at home with relegation-bound aykur Rizespor the following week. Bursaspor stumbled upon a winning formula in week 22 to beat visiting Mersin 2-1, but the Crocs returned to their inconsistent form again in week 23 by holding EskiIehirspor 0-0 away in the Anatolian derby.

Against BalIkesirspor — the team with the worst record in the league — GuneI’s Crocs have a chance to win and exorcise the ghosts of recent failures. But the 52-year-old coach is dealing with some walking wounded.

Argentine defender Renato Civell and Bekir YIlmaz were bedridden with the flu, missing training sessions this week. French forward Cedric Bakambu and Turkey right back Ozan Tufan were also nursing injuries and trained separately from the rest of the team Despite the odds, GuneI can still form a team capable of giving “almost doomed” BalIkesirspor the blues.

However, the Crocs should guard against complacency, or else the predator could become the prey. BalIkesirspor seems very likely to go down at the end of the season unless miracles happen in the remaining 11 weeks.

However, Bursaspor needs to be reminded that BalIkesirspor may be down, but the Aegean side is not yet out. Furthermore, BalIkesirspor is a team that can spring a surprise.

It beat current leader Galatasaray 2-0 at home in week three and drew 2-2 with BeIiktaI in week 22 in Istanbul. Bursaspor beware: The hunted can become the hunter In the other Super League game on Friday, Torku Konyaspor entertains KasImpaIa.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman