Eskisehirspor vs Galatasaray
In the last match they played, Eskisehirspor secured the semi-finals of the Turkish Cup with the victory away from home against Mersin with a convinceable 3:0result. Last league match saw them drawing 2:2 away to Istanbulspor as they conceded the second goal from a penalty spot, while playing with a man down from 66th minute of the game.
Their target this season is to get the Europa League ticket, either from the championship either with Cup performances. Although they will be visited tonight by the strongest team in Turkey, they have been defeated just two times this season in front of the home crowd and have enough reasons to remain optimistic about the game. Hosts didn’t win in previous two home matches and although it’s hard to expect their win today, everyone is determined to give a great performance and surprise Galatasaray as the coach has said.
Offensive midfielder Tello (21/2) who got red carded in the previous game will miss in this match, while valuable left defender Dede (23/1) is out injured same as defender Cetin (22/2) who is already out last two rounds.
Galatasaray got the victory over Orduspor on Monday night with a 4:2 result, although they were losing 0:2 at the halftime. Even though with such a huge setback, led by Sneijder and star striker Yilmaz, they quickly overturned the match and got the much needed victory.
They are now at the first position with six points more than second placed Fenerbahce. Target is to remain in Champions League as further as possible, but also to win the tittle, being at such a good path till now. They have suffered many setbacks away from home having only 5-5-2 away record, but with improved recent form they will surely be going for all three points. Coach Terim is suspended for three domestic matches, while important defender Nounkeu (19/0) is serving one match ban following as he completed yellow cards suspension.
Galatasaray has difficulties playing away from home and away victory shouldn’t be an option here. Eskisehirspor is traditionally very difficult to win at home and the best option would be both teams to score at decent odds as Galatasaray is simply unreliable away from home, but also miss their first central defender this season.