Galatasaray – Bursaspor – This last Sunday’s match in 19th round strongest Turkish league is the derby of the round where we the second Galatasaray against the eighth Bursaspor, which also has seven points less. In addition, we should also mention that the last two of their duels in Bursa ended with a draw, while Galata made two wins at home. Begins: 02.02.2014 – 18:00 CET
Otherwise, the current Turkish leaders have long sought the right form, and they were even been in the bottom of the Super League after seven rounds. But then, they made a series of seven wins, three draws and only one defeat against their biggest rival Fenerbahce which is on the leading position at the moment, with as many as 10 points over Galatasaray. However, it must be emphasized that their new coach Mancini brought a large number of positive changes in the team which is why we expect that he will set his team more offensively now against the always awkward Bursa with the aim to reach those very important points.
We should also say that this team is still expected very heavy performances against Chelsea in the knockout round of the Champions League so it is not surprising that they performed with one combined composition last week in the Turkish Cup against Elazigspor, but they eventually celebrated with 3-0 which brought them closer to the semi-finals. As for the current situation with their composition, their injured defender Zan and midfielder Altintop are still out of action due to injuries, while their two new players Alex Telles and Hajrovic sill have not received the necessary permits for the performance in the Turkish Super League.
Probable lineups Galatasaray: Muslera – Eboue, Chedjou, Kaya, Sarioglu – Inan, Felipe Melo, Colak – Sneijder – Burak Yilmaz, Drogba
Just like Galata, Bursa has also entered this second part of the season badly, but they have improved all this in the last eight games in which they played three wins and five draws, which is why they are currently in a very good eighth position on the table, with three points less than the fourth Besiktas. When we add to that they were unexpectedly eliminated at the start of the season in the third qualifying round of the European League by the Serbian Vojvodina, then we definitely get the impression that their new coach Daum needed a lot of time to organize things i this team.
Lucky for them, this happened in mid-autumn part of the championship, which is why they are awaiting this duel with Galata with plenty of confidence and after their last week’s victory of 3-1 against Eskisehir at home. In the meantime, they made one blunder in the Turkish Cup when they were defeated with 1-0 at Eskisehir, but thanks to their good results in the first three rounds, they are still the main favourites in their group for the placement in the semi-finals. However, their injured defenders Chretien and Pulgir and midfielder Kazim – Richards will not be able to perform in this match with Galata, while their midfielders Batalla and Kiraz and striker Pinto are all still suspended.
Probable lineups Bursaspor: Frey – Ozbayrakli, Aziz, Civelli, Taiwo – Tufan, Cinaz, Belluschi, Tuncay – Sestak, Fernandao
Galatasaray – Bursaspor Pick
Despite the fact that the guests from Bursa are in a terrific result series in the championship, they will have a really hard time to avoid defeat against Galatasaray this time, especially because they have big problems with absences.
Pick: Galatasaray wins