Storm to fight for Europa ticket in BalIkesir match

Trabzonspor desperately needs a win this weekend against Balikesirspor if it is to have any hope of competing in the UEFA Europa League next season.
With 53 points, the team is four points behind Istanbul Baiakiehir, which is currently sitting in fourth place and on the potential ticket to Europe.
In addition to winning both of its final matches, Trabzonspor also needs both Baiakiehir and Bursaspor to drop points. Bursa also has 53 points and is eyeing the slim chance of completing the year in fourth place.
Balikesir has nothing to lose or gain from the encounter. Until last week, the team had sat at the very bottom of the standings. The past few weeks have seen a pluckier performance and quite a few goals for the team, but that could not save it from relegation after this season.
With no pressure, Balikesir might just relax and play a good game. The team boasts a handful of good players who were good enough to draw 2-2 with Trabzon when the teams met in Balikesir earlier this season and just barely lost to Fenerbahandce 4-3 in Istanbul a few weeks ago.
h2Goals and injuryh2 Nigerian forward Isaac Promise is an old Trabzonspor player who may be able to give Balikesir some insight into what makes the Black Sea Storm tick. But it is forward Sercan Yildirim and Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Ermin Zec who are the top scorers to look out for at Balikesir.
Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo is Trabzonand’s key man, the fourth-most prolific scorer in the league thus far. Unfortunately for the Storm, he is among the host of injured players on the squad. The others include Portugal defender Jose Bosingwa, midfielder Aytaandc Kara Mali, forward Mustapha Yatabare, Turkey midfielder Sefa Yilmaz and striker Deniz Yilmaz.
The list of injuries has been an issue at Ersun Yanaland’s Trabzonspor all year and deeply affects the offense. The coach is hoping that Cardozo and Sefa recover in time to play against Balikesir. He would like to avoid reliving the last match at Eskiiehirspor, where Trabzon was missing six players and lost 2-0.
and”Oscar Cardozo, who was left off the roster last week due to a back problem, has begun to train [separately from the team] as his treatment is going as planned. Cardozo is trying to make the match with Balikesirspor this weekend,and” a club statement said.
h2Men in chargeh2 Yanal is certainly hoping he makes it, since Cardozo breached Balikesirand’s defenses to score a goal the last time the teams met. But the coach can take comfort in the fact that Turkey midfielder Mehmet Ekici, who scored the other, is still in good shape.
Balikesirand’s current coach is Cihat Arslan, who has been at the helm since week 29. He has been the driving force behind Balikesirand’s more inspired offense and rise, finally, from dead last up to 16th. Hiring him may have been too little, too late but it was a good move nonetheless.
Despite the troubles, the Storm must win this weekend and the next, but no matter how bad Yanal and what is left of his crew crush Balikesir, there is no chance for Trabzon unless Bursaspor and Baiakiehir drop points.
The match kicks off at 8 p.m. at Handuseyin Avni Aker Stadium in Trabzon and the referee will be Yunus Yildirim.
Also on Saturday, Torku Konyaspor hosts andcaykur Rizespor, which just narrowly escaped relegation next season, at 5 p.m. At 2 p.m., Istanbul side Kasimpaia hosts Kayseri Erciyesspor, a team that did not escape relegation, in its penultimate match as a Super League team.