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Preview: Galatasaray vs. Antalyaspor - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Galatasaray vs. Antalyaspor - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Turkish Super Lig clash between Galatasaray and Antalyaspor, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Galatasaray will look to end a six-game winless run in all competitions when they welcome Antalyaspor to the Nef Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts head into the fixture in 12th position in the Turkish Super Lig, while the visitors sit two points behind their opponents in 14th place.

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After 11 games, Galatasaray sat in sixth place, but four points from their last seven league matches has seen Fatih Terim's side drop down the league table.

Galatasaray salvaged a point last weekend thanks to Mostafa Mohamed's late equaliser, but they will head into Saturday's contest in low spirits after losing 2-0 away to Adana Demirspor in midweek.

A Yunus Akgun brace condemned Galatasaray to their fourth away defeat of the Turkish Super Lig this season, and in the process, their winless league run was extended to seven matches.

Their main struggles have taken place in the final third after scoring just five goals in their last seven league encounters.

Despite their recent run of poor form, Terim's men can take comfort from the fact that they have lost once in their previous six league home games, and they will look to benefit once again from home advantage on Saturday.

Like their opponents, Antalyaspor have also collected just one point from their last two games after losing 1-0 last weekend away to Konyaspor before drawing 1-1 midweek at home against Kasimpasa.

Although, Nuri Sahin's side would have been disappointed to come away with only a point from their midweek fixture after leading for the majority of the contest thanks to Naldo's opener, but Umut Bozok equalised in stoppage time to deny the hosts victory.

Despite collecting just a point from that encounter, Antalyaspor maintained an impressive home record that has seen them collect 17 of their 22 points on home turf.

The issue this season for Saturday's visitors is that they have struggled on the road, winning once away from home this term, while their last three away games have all ended in defeat.

If Antalyaspor can overcome their away-day blues and collect all three points on Saturday, then they would leapfrog Galatasaray in the league table.

Galatasaray Turkish Super Lig form:
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L

Galatasaray form (all competitions):
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L

Antalyaspor Turkish Super Lig form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Antalyaspor form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Team News

Galatasaray have a number of injury absentees, including Sacha Boey and Arda Turan.

Meanwhile, a hip injury will rule Mbaye Diagne out of the fixture, while Christian Luyindama is absent with a knee problem.

Ismail Cipe will continue in goal, with regular goalkeeper Fernando Muslera set to miss the rest of the season due to injury.

As for Antalyaspor, they are without the services of Ufuk Akyol, who is out for the remainder of the season, while Enzo Crivelli and Harun Alpsoy will also miss the game due to injury issues.

Fredy returned to the starting lineup for the midweek draw with Kasimpasa, and the midfielder is expected to retain his place in the side.

With three league goals to his name this season, Paul Mukairu will continue to lead the line for the visitors.

Galatasaray possible starting lineup:
Cipe; Yedlin, Nelsson, Marcao, Van Aanholt; Kutlu, Antalyali, Cicaldau; Morutan, Akturkoglu, Mostafa Mohamed

Antalyaspor possible starting lineup:
Boffin; Sari, Kudryashov, Naldo; Balci, Fredy, Poli, Vural; Ghacha, Sinik, Mukairu

We say: Galatasaray 2-1 Antalyaspor

Although Galatasaray have struggled of late, we think that they will end their winless run on Saturday, especially given the fact that they have won four of their last five home encounters with Antalyaspor.

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