Galatasaray vs Osmanlispor by Isaiah
Galatasaray had one of more difficult matches away from home till the end of the season, but managed to take a three pointer last Monday evening when they visited Kayserispor and walked away with a 3:1 victory. Derdiyok opened the game in the best possible way, scoring two goals inside the first twenty mintues, as the guests stood completely superior on the field in the first halftime in comparison to the opponents.
Hosts reacted better in the second, managed to reduce the deficit early in the second halftime via Bulut and missing some decent chances to level up, but have conceded the third goal once they started playing very risky - in 90th minute via Rodrigues.
Galatasaray now has two consecutive victories in Super Lig after their shocking defeat away to Yeni Malatyaspor, as they now stand at second position with just a point less than first placed Basaksehir and are surely in a must win situation in order to keep the title race realistic.
Hosts should be playing in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Derdiyok as central striker, plus Rodrigues, Belhanda and Feghouli as offensive midfielders. Forward Bafetimbi Gomis (17/14) won't play in this one with Derdiyok continuing at his position. Participation of defensive midfielder Fernando (16/1) is doubtful for now.
Osmanlispor, on the other side, continued with more than decent performances in front of own fans, as they come from a goalless draw in front of them against Yeni Malatyaspor last Saturday afternoon. The game itself wasn't as poor as the final result shows, with both teams having decent chances.
Hosts had more of the ball possession, but somehow the visiting side looked more concrete with the ball to their feet - even missing a penalty kick early in the game. This was tenth competitive game without defeat at home, seventh in the league, as home performances stand out as their biggest weapon - being currently at fifteenth position with just a point more than relegating placed Antalyaspor and with eighteen points earned - seventeen in front of own fans.
Guests should also play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Doukara as forwards and with Gurler, Cagiran and Umar as offensive support. Left back Tiago Pinto (13/1) is injured for this one, as well as couple of more players that anyway didn't play so far in the season for the team.
- Galatasaray have scored at least 2 goals in 10 of their last 11 home matches (Super Lig).
Galatasaray took all three points last Monday evening and no doubt that the side have improved their morale now. Osmanlispor is having a decent momentum in recent weeks, however still with less than decent performances on the road. I'm willing to risk with an in-form and title chasing side against the poorest travelers in the league.