As in the previous year, the most successful Turkish team – measured by the title wins – prevailed until the semi-finals of the Turkish Cup. In the last season, however, Galatasaray were surprisingly beaten by Akhisar Belediyespor, the eventual winner of the cup. This year, the “lions” under Fatih Terim want to win at least one title win, if it should not work with the championship in the Süper Lig. Of course, the Turkish record champions take the double as well. In the semifinals, Galatasaray meets Yeni Malatyaspor, who are undoubtedly the surprise team of the season. Galatasaray has only lost to Benfica Lisbon and Hatayspor this year. Against the latter, there was an away defeat in the cup, the gala would have come almost costly. Will Galatasaray beat Yeni Malatyaspor for a home win?
Today’s Soccer Prediction Galatasaray vs Malatyaspor
With odds of 1.44, the favorite role of Galatasaray against home crowd is not exactly surprising. The “lions” have not lost their homes at the national level for quite some time. The strong performances will continue the Terim-Elf in the Cup. In the first leg Terim will certainly not rotate as much as in the cup games before, especially since the final is only one step away. Already on the weekend, it is in full swing in the Süper Lig, where Gala is currently with six points behind in the pursuit role. Curiously, the opponent Malatyaspor is also called on the weekend, to meet the Gala in front of home scenery. The cup will be kicked off at 19:00 (CET) at Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.
Galatasaray – Statistics & Current Form
The previous calendar year certainly does not go well for Fatih Terim and his protected. The “lions” are still in the championship race and in contrast to the competition also represented in the Turkish Cup. As a top team Gala is placed in the Türkiye Kupasi and under normal circumstances should also get the trophy. The fact that the Turkish cup for favorites but every now and then had surprises ready, has been proven to us in the last two years, when Anatolian teams could win the sensational cup. The Turkish record champion retired last year against Akhisarspor, who then also won the Turkish Cup. This year, “Imperator” Terim wants the double. In the cup it has the Terim elf in hand, in the Süper Lig is still some help needed. In that calendar year, Galatasaray lost only to Benfica Lisbon and Hatayspor. After the EL-off against Benfica, there was almost a huge surprise in the Cup defeat against Hatayspor. Although Galatasaray won the first leg comfortably 2-0 against the second division side, Hatay fought his way to a 4-2 lead and had plenty of chances to beat 5-2 just before the end of the game. With the poor performance of the B-Elf of Galatasaray Fatih Terim in the first leg against Malatyaspor hardly put on the many youngsters.
Fatih Terim will be able to draw on the full as far as possible. Accordingly, many regular players will be used, but this is not necessarily meant that Terim will not rotate during the game. With 55 goals, Galatasaray’s offensive is the strongest in the Süper Lig. At home, Galatasaray scored an average of 2.84 goals per home game in 13 games. At the national level, the “Lions” won seven home games in a row and want to continue the trend against Malatyaspor. If Terim dares no big experiments in the Cup semi-final, speaks at Galatasaray vs. Malatyaspor not really much against a prediction in favor of the Turkish record champions.
Expected formation of Galatasaray:
➥ Muslera; Tasdemir, Marcao, Luyindama, Mariano; Donk; Onyekuru, Belhanda (Inan), Ndiaye, Feghouli; Diagne
Last games by Galatasaray:
⚽ 24.03.2019 – Galatasaray Vs. Ümraniyespor 3: 2 (Friendly Match)
⚽ 17.03.2019 – Bursaspor Vs. Galatasaray 2: 3 (Süper Lig)
⚽ 11.03.2019 – Galatasaray Vs. Antalyaspor 5: 0 (Süper Lig)
⚽ 03.03.2019 – BB Erzurum vs. Galatasaray 1: 1 (Süper Lig)
⚽ 27.02.2019 – Hatayspor Vs. Galatasaray 4: 2 (Cup)
Yeni Malatyaspor collapsed in the second half of the season after the strong first half of the season. As the surprise team of the season under Erol Bulut was tied to the last season. Recently, however, there were failures for Yeni Malatya over bankruptcies, which ultimately meant that the Bulut team was able to regain fifth place in the table. The gap to a Europa League starting place is six points, but that does not mean that Yeni Malatyaspor has to forcibly take fourth place in order to secure a starting right. If Galatasaray should win the Turkish Cup, also the fifth of the Süper Lig will get a right to start the Europa League. But before going through any scenarios, Yeni Malatyaspor wants to do it on his own. In the Cup quarter-finals Yeni Malatyaspor met for the first time on a first division side in this year’s Turkish Cup. Only on penalties Malatyaspor could solve the ticket against Göztepe. The miserable series of seven winless Süper Lig games ended before the international break with a home win over Ankaragücü. Yeni Malatyaspor will face the “Lions” again within a few days after Galatasaray’s first-leg tie next weekend. If in any of the two duels between Galatasaray and Malatyaspor the betting odds should pay off on a surprising success of the Anatolian club, a lucrative reward from the bookmakers beckons.
The main focus in the Bulut game system was on a strong defense. Already the top teams of the Süper Lig have lost their teeth on the defense bulwark. The latest setback was surprising, especially as Yeni Malatyaspor was consistently consistent throughout the first half. In the first round, teams like Besiktas (1: 2 defeat) and Basaksehir (1: 1 draw) were all required. Players like Danijel Aleksic and Guilherme will be in demand on offense, especially since away goals in the first leg against Gala will be of great importance. Aleksic is currently leading the internal scoring list with 12 goals and 4 assists. Guilherme recorded a total of twelve points scorer.
Expected formation of Malatyaspor:
➥ Farnolle; Cevahir, Akbas, Yalcin, Seth; Yildirim, Donald; Büyük, Guilherme, Aleksic; Sismanoglu
Last Games by Malatyaspor:
⚽ 29.03.2019 – Malatyaspor Vs. Vestmannaeyjar 1: 1 (friendly)
⚽ 17.03.2019 – Malatyaspor Vs. Ankaragücü 3: 1 (Süper Lig)
⚽ 08.03.2019 – Sivasspor Vs. Malatyaspor 2: 0 (Süper Lig)
⚽ 03.03.2019 – Malatyaspor Vs. Istanbul Basaksehir 0: 2 (Süper Lig)
⚽ 27.02.2019 – Göztepe Vs. Malatyaspor 1: 0 (Cup)
Galatasaray vs Malatyaspor Direct Comparison
Only for the fourth time will the two teams face each other in their club history. Although Yeni Malatyaspor leads the direct comparison with two wins and one defeat, the two successes celebrated the Anatolian club but at home. In Galatasaray’s only game so far, Yeni Malatyaspor lost 2-0.
Galatasaray vs Malatyaspor Soccer Prediction Explained
After a 2-0 deficit, Galatasaray scored a sensational 3-2 win in the final league game against Bursaspor and keeps the title race thrilling. The “Lions” are close followers of Basaksehir and are already looking forward to the weekend when Galatasaray will face Yeni Malatyaspor again. In the semi-finals of the Türkiye Kupasi, Fatih Terim will certainly do his utmost to travel home to Malatya with a comfortable result in the second leg. A strongly rotated elf is therefore not expected.
Key Facts – Galatasaray vs Malatyaspor tips
➥ Galatasaray lost only two games in that calendar year.
➥ At home, Gala won the last seven home games in a row at national level.
➥ Yeni Malatyaspor was the last to win against Ankaragücü after seven straight league games.
The team of Erol Bulut has been in the past, especially at league level, again and again become an obstacle for the top teams in Turkey. Especially in Malatya, it is difficult to arrive against the Bulut team, so the first leg will be particularly important for the away-waving “lions”. We think the Turkish record champion is one size too big for Yeni Malatya at home and recommend against Galatasaray. Yeni Malatyaspor a tip on Gala as the winner of the first half, for the odds of 1.95 can be tapped.
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