Following their five-goal thriller in last week’s first leg, Galatasaray and Molde will lock horns once more at Rams Park on Tuesday evening (20.00), as both sides aim to return to the Champions League group stages.
Galatasaray came from behind to triumph 3-2 in Norway last week, leaving the Turkish side on the verge of qualifying for the group stage, while Molde’s progress to this stage of Champions League qualifying has been based on success at home, with the Norwegian champions losing each of their previous two away legs.
Lucas Torreira is available for the hosts after missing the first leg, so he could start in the engine room for the hosts here.
Wilfried Zaha remains absent with a foot injury, while Hakim Ziyech could make his first appearance for Galatasaray after his arrival from Chelsea.
As for the visitors, Erling Moe’s side emerged unscathed from the first leg at Aker Stadium, so the Molde manager could opt for an unchanged lineup.
Galatasaray to win both halves @ 16/5
Galatasaray have been ahead at the break in each of their five wins this season, and the Turkish giants are still yet to taste defeat this term.
In addition, Gala have lost just one of their last 19 home games – a run that includes victories over Zalgiris and Olimpija Ljubljana in the previous rounds of Champions League qualifying.
Rams Park has been something of a fortress for Okan Buruk’s side, as they have not conceded a goal at home in their last six outings.
Meanwhile, Molde have not had much joy on the road during their European encounters, losing seven of their last 11 away games.
I think backing the home side to win both halves is the way to go here.
Mauro Icardi to score anytime @ EVS
Icardi has become a fan favourite at Galatasaray and heads into Tuesday’s clash with four goals in his last three matches.
The striker was also on target in the first leg between the sides so I think he can maintain his scoring run here.
The former Paris Saint-Germain forward bagged 23 goals in 26 appearances last season, and he’s clearly picked up where he left off last season.