Galatasaray will entertain Barcelona at the Nef Stadyumu on Thursday night as both teams look to go all out for the win. The two sides managed to play out a scoreless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 clash.
The Turkish outfit managed to secure a 2-1 victory over Besiktas earlier this month which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this game. Similarly, Barca secured a convincing 4-0 win over Osasuna in their last outing, so they will fancy their chances of earning a positive result away from home.
Galatasaray Vs Barcelona: Talking Tactics
Domènec Torrent will opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and might ask his men to soak in all the Barca pressure and try to expose their defensive weaknesses on the counter.
Xavi will set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name his strong first XI for this game. The Spaniard will ask his players to dominate possession and create some decent opportunities to win this game.
Arda Turan, Kaan Arslan, Halil Dervisoglu, Ismail Cipe, Baris Yilmaz and Alpaslan Ozturk will all be sidelined for this game due to injuries.
Galatasaray Predicted XI
Pena; Boey, Marcao, Nelsson, Van Aanholt; Antalyali, Kutlu; Kilinc, Feghouli, Akturkoglu; Mohamed
Xavi will be without the services of Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Alejandro Balde, Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique.
Barcelona Predicted XI
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Garcia, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Traore, Aubameyang, Torres
Sofiane Feghouli will be responsible for orchestrating some meaningful chances in the final third. The defensive performance of Marcao and Victor Nelsson could go a long way in determining the fate of this contest.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres will have to carry most of the goal-scoring workload for the Catalan giants in the final third. In the absence of Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo will have to step up and give a good account of themselves for Barca on the defensive end of the pitch.
Galatasaray Vs Barcelona: Streaming Links
|United Kingdom||BT Sport|
|USA||TUDN USA / Paramount+|
|India||Jio TV, Sony Liv, Sony Ten 2 HD|
|Italy||Sky Go Italia, DAZN|
|New Zealand||Spark Sport|