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Galatasaray VS Lokomotiv Moscow MATCH PREDICTION

18.09.2018 21:00, UEFA Champions League
Galatasaray
3:0 Win
Lokomotiv...
Home win Odds 1.85

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS

The UEFA Champions League will get underway with eight Tuesday matches. In one of them the Turkish champion Galatasaray will face the Russian winner Lokomotiv from Moscow at its Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. Will the home side add the first victory to its record?

Galatasaray came back to the group stage after two seasons out. Last year the Lions won the national gold with seventy-five points and a three-point gap over the second Fenerbahce. Their main statistics looked like this: twenty-four wins, three draws and seven losses, 75 goals for and 33 goals against. This year the Yellow and Reds leads the Turkish football caravan again with twelve points after five games. They have won four matches and lost once, scored fourteen goals and conceded six goals. Last Friday Fatih Terim’s men crushed Kasimpasa from Istanbul 4:1.

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Lokomotiv came back to the Champions League after fourteen years of absence. Last season the Red and Greens won the Russian gold for the third time in their history. They earned sixty points and had a two-point gap over the second-ranked CSKA. This year the Railroaders sit on the tenth place with nine points and rare goal ratio 5:5. They began this season with second consecutive miss in the Russian Supercup. Their last fixture with Dinamo ended with a scoring draw 1:1.

This sides met twice in the Champions League 2002/03. The guests won both games, 2:1 in Istanbul and 2:0 in Moscow.

Lokomotiv’s top striker Fedor Smolov is suspended and will not play tonight.

Obviously, Loko has a strong defensive line and weak offensive one. The visitors will play without Fedor Smolov who is the only Lokomotiv’s player to have scored in more than one game this season. This fact will decrease substantially the Russians’ chance for successful result. Galatasaray won almost all home league games last season. We believe, the Lions will continue this line at the continental level. We predict their win with a nice coefficient of 1.85.

Performance :

  • Galatasaray recent matches Win:4 Lost:3
    • Galatasaray - Kasimpasa 4 : 1
    • Trabzonspor - Galatasaray 4 : 0
    • Galatasaray - Alanyaspor 6 : 0
    • Galatasaray - Goztepe Sk 1 : 0
    • Ankaragucu - Galatasaray 1 : 3
    • Akhisar - Galatasaray 1 : 1
    • AEK Athens - Galatasaray 3 : 2
  • Lokomotiv Moscow recent matches Win:2 Lost:2 Draw:3
    • Lokomotiv Moscow - Dinamo Moscow 1 : 1
    • Krasnodar - Lokomotiv Moscow 2 : 1
    • Lokomotiv Moscow - Anzhi Makhachkala 2 : 1
    • Samara - Lokomotiv Moscow 0 : 1
    • Orenburg - Lokomotiv Moscow 1 : 0
    • Lokomotiv Moscow - Spartak Moscow 0 : 0
    • FC Ufa - Lokomotiv Moscow 0 : 0

Last meetings:

29.10.2002 Galatasaray 1 : 2 Lokomotiv Moscow

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