Ankaragucu vs Galatasaray PREVIEW & PREDICTION 10/08/2018


Ankaragücü and Galatasaray meet at Osmanlı Stadı, in a match for the 1st round of the Süper Lig. There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 25-01-2012, in a match that ended with the final score: Galatasaray (4-0) Ankaragücü. Attention to the home factor, since the Ankaragücü usually conquer different results at home and abroad.


The home team plays its first match in this edition of the competition, after having won the promotion for having finished the last edition of the lower division in the 2nd position. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 17 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last match that they disputed, for the Friendlies, they beat Bursaspor out by (0-2). In the last 10 home matches Ankaragücü has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. Their offense has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and never got the comeback.

The Ankaragucu leaves for this new season with a single objective, to guarantee the maintenance in the main division of Turkey as quickly as possible. We remember that the premises were promoted in the last season. In this game against Galatasaray, coach Ismail Kartal must opt ​​for a more defensive strategy, with a more organized block, looking only for the counterattack. Youness Mokhtar is the player who stands out in this formation, being a very fast and strong player in the offensive transition. There are no absences of weight for this game.


The visiting team makes its debut in this edition of the race after having finished the last season in the 1st position. This is a team that usually shows similar results, at home and abroad. It is usually not affected by the home team, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last game they played, for the Super Cup, they lost with Akhisar Belediye at home by (4-5) in the shoot-out on penalties. In the last 10 away matches Galatasaray has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. Their offense has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 25 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.

Galatasaray leaves for this game with a penalty shoot-out loss to Akhisar, in a game to count for the Turkish Super Cup. We remember that the visitors were the great winners of the Turkish championship. In this game away from home, coach Fatih Terim must align his team in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, exploring the best way defensive lagoons of the rival. Belhanda is the great highlight of Galatasaray, being a player with great vision of game and quality in the pass. In doubt for this game are Mariano, Cigerci and Nagatomo.

PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.67