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Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray Predictions & Tips - Stalemate expected between in-form title rivals

  • Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray predictions for Saturday’s Turkish Super Lig match
  • Match is being played at 16:00 GMT at Ulker Stadium
  • 6 of the last 7 meetings between these sides have ended level
  • I’m backing a draw in Istanbul
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Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray
Draw likely between title chasing Galatasaray and Fenerbahce (Getty images)
Ralph Staniforth 05 Feb 2021
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Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray Predictions


Fenerbahce and Galatasaray come into this match as the top two teams in the Super Lig. They are separated by just three points and my best bet is a draw, a result that will suit both clubs.

  • Fenerbache have won 9 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
  • Fenerbahce have drawn 6 of their last 7 matches against Galatasaray (Turkish Super Lig).
  • Galatasaray have won 5 of their last 6 matches (Turkish Super Lig).
  • Galatasaray have seen under 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 matches against Fenerbahce (all competitions).
  • Galatasaray have seen under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 away matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Fenerbahce hold a 117-96 advantage against Galatasaray over their 309 previous meetings with 96 draws.

Their last match was in the Turkish Super Lig in September 2020. The match ended 0-0 at Turk Telekom Stadium.

Fenerbahce Form


Fenerbahce currently lead the Super Lig table with 48 points from their 22 matches after an excellent recent run of results.

After losing away to Gaziantep in mid-December, Erol Bulut’s side won five Super Lig matches in a row. That streak ended with a 1-1 draw away at Sivasspor. Fenerbahce then beat Kayserispor 3-0 and Rizespor 1-0 at home.

In their last match, Fenerbahce won 2-1 away at Hatayspor. A Mame Thiam strike and an own goal secured Fenebahce the three points.

Fenerbahce Injuries & Team News


The big question mark is whether Mesut Ozil will start for Fenerbahce. He made his debut as a substitute in the last match and is pushing to be selected.

Luis Gustavo went off injured in the last match and is a doubt in midfield with a knee problem. Marcel Tisserand is out at centre-back for Fenerbahce. 

Jose Sosa should return from illness is midfield but January signing Irfan Can Kahveci is still out.

Galatasaray Form


Galatasaray sit just three points off Fenerbahce in the Super Lig table with a superior goal difference. They have the league’s best defence with just 18 goals conceded.

After losing to title rivals Besiktas in mid-January, Gala have responded strongly. They thrashed Denizlispor 6-1 at home before a hard fought 1-0 win at Yeni Malatyaspor thanks to Ryan Babel’s 88th minute goal. 

They then won 2-1 at Gaziantep with debutant Henry Onyekuru scoring twice.

In their last match, Galatasaray beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0. Onyekuru found himself on the scoresheet yet again just before the break. Ryan Donk scored the second while Mostafa Mohamed landed a late penalty, which Onyekuru won, to seal the match in style.

Galatasaray Injuries & Team News


Galatasaray made two deadline day signings as DeAndre Yedlin joined from Newcastle and Gedson Fernandes arrived on loan from Benfica. Yedlin is pushing for a debut at right-back but Gedson has COVID-19 and misses out.

Radamel Falcao was expected to depart in January but remained with the club. He is still injured in attack. 

Sofiane Feghouli is doubtful in midfield while coach Fatih Terim is also without defenders Sener Ozbayrakli, Omar Elabdellaoui and Emre Tasdemir.

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Verdict

Galatasaray are three points off Fenerbahce but will be happy to take a point as defeat will be devastating to their challenge. I am tipping these two in-form sides to draw 1-1 in Istanbul.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @240.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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