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Galatasaray vs Molde Predictions

Published on 7:00pm GMT 29 August 2023

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  • Turk Telekom Arena
Galatasaray
Molde
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Galatasaray/Galatasaray

Reason for tip

Galatasaray have made a habit of starting games fast this season and led 2-1 at half-time in the first leg of this tie. They would go on to win 3-2, the fifth time this season the Turkish champions have won a game after leading at the break and can repeat that trick here against a Molde side that’s lost seven of its last 11 European away games.

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Galatasaray 3-0

Reason for tip

Galatasaray have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven games in all competitions and can shut out Molde, while a frontline featuring Mauro Icardi and Dries Mertens can do plenty of damage at the other end of the pitch.

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Galatasaray vs Molde Predictions

  • Galatasaray have been ahead at the break in each of their five wins this season
  • Molde have lost seven of their last 11 European away games
  • Galatasaray haven’t conceded a goal at home in their last six outings at Rams Park

Glory for improving Gala

Fredrik Midtsjo’s injury-time winner for Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie against Molde has left the Turks on the verge of qualifying for the group stage and they can finish the job off at their fortress Rams Park.

The Turks have lost just one of their last 19 home games, a run that includes routine victories over Zalgiris and Olimpija Ljubljana in the previous rounds of Champions League qualifying.

And while a 3-2 advantage from a pulsating first leg in Norway means Gala don’t have to go for it, Okan Buruk will want his side to make sure of their return to the group stage for the first time since the 2019/20 season.

Galatasaray have made a habit of starting well this season, going in at half-time with the lead in all five of their victories so far this season.

Away day blues haunt Molde

Molde’s progress to this stage of Champions League qualifying has been based on success at home with the Norweigan champions losing each of their previous two away legs.

Having lost the home leg of this play-off tie, their hopes look forlorn and a record of five defeats from the six UEFA ties when they’ve lost the first leg at home suggests the chances of an upset are slim.

Having given it their best go in the first leg, where the 3-2 loss made it one win from the last five games for Molde, Galatasaray may find the visitors don’t put up much of a fight.

The two goals conceded in the first leg were the first goals Gala had allowed in six games and with defensive shield Lucas Torreira back in the side after suspension, they should have enough to shut out Molde.

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