The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a convincing 2-0 victory over Fatih Karagumruk last Friday, while Besiktas got the better of Umraniye 5-2, two days later.
Galatsaray will host local rivals Besiktas in a Turkish Super Lig fixture at NEF Stadyumu on Saturday. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a convincing 2-0 victory over Fatih Karagumruk last Friday, while Besiktas got the better of Umraniye 5-2, two days later. The visitors are currently occupying fourth position in the standings, having collected 22 points from 12 games, while Galatasaray, who have a game in hand are sitting one place behind them, with one point less.
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Last week, Galatasaray managed to end a three-game winless streak in the Turkish top flight, as goals from Emre Tasdemir and Juan Mata guided them to a comfortable away win over Fatih Karagumruk. It was a dominant performance from Okan Buruk’s side as they managed to register 12 shots on target compared to just one by the hosts. The result helped the Lions to close the gap on leaders Fenerbahce to just five points. Galatasaray have the third-best defensive record in the league after conceding only nine goals in their games.
Besiktas, on the other hand, have won just two of their last seven league games. Senol Gunes, who recently replaced Valerin Ismael as the head coach, guided his team to a comfortable 5-2 victory over Umraniyespor on Sunday. Cenk Tosun and Wout Weghorst netted a brace, while Tayyib Sanuc scored one goal to help Besiktas register a sixth league-win of the season. The Black Eagles have been pretty good in the attacking department, having found the back of the net 25 times in 12 league-games thus far, only Fenerbahce have netted more times in the Turkish Super Lig.
Galatasaray players Yusuf Demir and Kazimcan Karatas have returned to training during the week, but are unlikely to be available for Saturday’s game. Former Inter Milan-man Mauro Icardi is likely to spearhead the attack, with Rashica, Mertens and Akturkoglu in support. Oliveira and Torreira could sit in front of the back-four. As for Besiktas, Atiba Hutchinson and Rachid Ghezzal are sidelined with injuries. Tosun, Redmond and Weghorst could form the front-three.
Galatasaray probable starting lineup: Muslera, Boey, Bayram, Nelsson, Tasdemir, Oliveira, Torreira, Rashica, Mertens, Akturkoglu, Icardi
Besiktas probable starting lineup: Gunok, Rosier, Sanuc, Saiss, Masuaku, Ucan, Souza, Fernandez, Tosun, Redmond, Weghorst.
|Fatih Karagumruk||0-2 (W)|
|Adana Demirispor||0-0 (D)|
|Last 5 match results|
|Besiktas 2-1 Galatasaray|
|Galatasaray 3-1 Besiktas|
|Besiktas 2-0 Galatasaray|
|Galatasaray 0-0 Besiktas|
|Besiktas 1-0 Galatasaray|
The Turkish Super Lig match between Galatasaray and Besiktas will take place at NEF Stadyumu on Saturday at 9:30 pm IST.
Fans in Turkey can catch the live action via beIN Connect Turkey network.