Galatasaray vs Ostersunds FK
UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 20th July 2017
Kick-off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul.
Galatasaray were the most disappointing team a week ago as they fell 2-0 in Sweden to Ostersunds. A week later, they have to prove in front of their fans that the defeat in the first leg was just a fluke.
Despite Galatasaray’s manager Igor Tudor mentioned that Galata will focus on the domestic league in the upcoming season, failing to qualify for UEFA Europa League would be a complete disaster for this team, especially after Besiktas’ success in 2016/17 season. The home team is under immense pressure, and anything other than qualification to the next round would stun the public.
The Swedish side was lethal in the second period of the first match. They have a favorable result that visibly influenced the team – Ostersunds added three points in the domestic league by beating Djurgarden 2-1.
The visitors aren’t used to playing at venues alike Türk Telekom Arena, so the atmosphere in Istanbul will highly influence their performance.
Galatasaray vs Ostersunds: Head-to-head
The last week’s duel was first between the two sides. After the even first half, the Turkish side was dominant but Ostersunds were deadly from a few attacks they produced in the second half. Galatasaray had 16 goal attempts with only 3 finding the target. Ostersunds also had 3 precise shots while pocketing two goals, which is an impressive conversion rate.
Galatasaray vs Ostersunds: Prediction
The goal in the 92nd minute could be crucial in this tie. Ostersunds will probably park the bus from the start and hope for a goalless stalemate or 1-0. The Swedes are aware that if the game goes into extra-time, their chances are next to zero. Galatasaray are the experienced side, they have been in the similar situations earlier and they are expected to overturn the tie in their favor.
Galatasaray vs Ostersunds: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Galatasaray -1.5 AH at the odds of 1.95.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Correct Score 3-0 at the odds of 8.50.