Galatasaray vs Molde Predictions

Galatasaray vs Molde predictions ahead of this Champions League qualifying play-off second leg affair in Istanbul on Tuesday. The Turkish champions are in complete control after securing a 2-3 win in Norway last week. Can they get the job completed at home? Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Galatasaray vs Molde Predictions


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The Road to Champions League Glory

Key Stats
– Galatasaray have won all three of their home matches this season without conceding a single goal.
– Molde have successfully reversed first-leg deficits in previous Champions League qualifiers.
– Mauro Icardi has bagged 2 goals in the Trendyol Süper Lig, showcasing his striking prowess.

Turkish football giants, Galatasaray, are set to lock horns with Norwegian stalwarts, Molde, once more in their return leg for the Champions League qualifying playoff. In a riveting first encounter, Galatasaray reigned supreme with a 3-2 victory, but this subsequent matchup in Istanbul holds promises of more thrilling moments.

Setting The Scene: Last Encounter

The backdrop to this match is influenced heavily by the events of the first leg. Molde, despite being perceived as underdogs, opened their account swiftly with a header from Martin Ellingsen in the first leg’s opening minutes. Galatasaray’s response, however, was potent, with both Sergio Oliveira and Mauro Icardi lighting up the scorecard.


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A late twist saw Kristoffer Haugen finding the net for Molde, but the drama didn’t end there. In a cliffhanger finish, Icardi set up Fredrik Midtsjo for a decisive goal deep into injury time.

Galatasaray’s Domestic Dominance

With the backdrop of a single goal lead, Galatasaray’s task remains daunting. Their recent clean-sheet streak ended abruptly in Norway, but back on home soil, Okan Buruk’s side has been formidable. Galatasaray have notched three consecutive victories and remain undefeated in their last seven competitive outings. Moreover, they have kept their fortress intact at home, conceding no goals in the three home matches played this season.

Now, on the brink of re-entering the Champions League group stage after a hiatus, Galatasaray’s focus will be sharper than ever.

Molde’s Uphill Battle

On the flip side, Molde have showcased their resilient character in previous Champions League qualifiers, having successfully overturned first-leg deficits. However, their away track record raises concerns, with a sole victory in their last five appearances across all competitions. While their Champions League aspirations might be at stake, Molde’s European journey could still continue in the Europa League should they face a setback in Istanbul.

Squad Update & Possible Line-ups

Lucas Torreira, previously absent due to suspension, is now back in the Galatasaray roster, potentially replacing Berkan Kutlu. Yunus Akgun’s departure might pave the way for Hakim Ziyech’s inaugural appearance for the Turkish team. Molde, meanwhile, may stick to their 3-5-2 formation, with Eirik Haugan holding the defensive line.

Galatasaray’s potential XI: Muslera; Boey, Nelsson, Bayram, Angelino; Torreira, Olivera; Ziyech, Mertens, Akturkoglu; Icardi

Molde’s potential XI: Karlstrom; Ellingsen, Bjornbak, Haugan; Knudtzon, Breivik, Mannsverk, Eriksen, Haugen; Eikrem, Brynhildsen


  1. Match Outcome Prediction: Using the “win-draw-away” market, given Galatasaray’s impeccable home record and recent form, they are expected to clinch a victory. Their consistent performance and home advantage form the cornerstone of this prediction.
  2. Scoreline Forecast: With Galatasaray’s stout defence and Molde’s scoring potential, a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Galatasaray seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer Spotlight: With 2 goals in the Trendyol Süper Lig, Mauro Icardi is primed to be a pivotal player. We predict Icardi to once again find the back of the net during this clash.


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