Round, nine of the Turkish Super Lig gets heated this weekend as Galatasaray continues searching for top four places against Konyaspor. The match schedules for Sunday at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Stadium, with kickoff at 4 pm.
Both sides come off disappointing draws in their last round of fixtures in the league. The hosts picked up a 3-3 draw to Istanbulspor while their opponents secured a 1-1 draw to Alanyaspor.
Galatasaray was not expected to lose the 2020-21 championship title to Besiktas since they were considered firm favorites throughout the way.
Furthermore, the Lions lost all six games they played in the first half of the season but managed to scrape together eight out of 18 points in the second half.
Fatih Terim made a surprising comeback, starting with an impressive win over Goztepe as the first half of Halil Dervisoglu and Olimpiu Morutan canceled Cherif Ndiaye‘s shot off in the second half.
On the other hand, Konyaspor was unable to return as they drew 1-1 against Alanyaspor on home soil.
Bülent Korkmaz, on a somewhat tentative matter at the Konya Metropolitan Municipality Stadium, seemed to be heading for all three points as Fatih Aksoy hit four minutes after the break but on loan Chidoz netted an own goal to share the spoils.
This was the fourth straight draw for Ilhan Palut’s men, who, since their last win on Nov. 18, have been eliminated from the Turkish Cup and the Europa League.
Galatasaray vs Konyaspor Head to Head
Both sides have 23 games against each other, with the hosts taking 16 wins while hosts with one win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Galatasaray 3-3 Istanbulspor
- Caykur Rizespor 2-3 Galatasaray
- Olympique de Marseille 0-0 Galatasaray
- Galatasaray 2-1 Goztepe
- Kayserispor 3-0 Galatasaray
- Konyaspor 1-1 Alanyaspor
- Kasimpasa 2-2 Kanyaspor
- Konyaspor 2-2 Trabzonspor
- Giresunspor 0-0 Konyaspor
- Konyaspor 3-1 Altay
Galatasaray Team News
Galatasaray will take place in the cup competition without the services of players Omar Elabdellaoui and Arda Turan. They are currently recovering from ankle and knee injuries.
The former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker is getting closer to full fitness after a two-month hiatus on the sideline, which means Sunday’s game could come early to return.
Konyaspor Team News
However, Konyaspor could not use the services of the 29-year-old striker Paul-José Mpoku who suffered a muscle problem in the game against Alanyaspor two weeks ago.
Prediction and Odds
We expect that a defensively solid Konyaspor team will fight in this match, but we give the record champions in the Super Lig a tip to continue their dominance and take all three points in this match.
- Galatasaray Win
- Goals Over 2.5
- No Score; Away