23-08-23 Daily Football Predictions: Molde vs Galatasaray

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Molde will face a higher caliber opponent when they play Turkish champions Galatasaray in the first leg of their qualifying playoff-round matchup on Wednesday after crushing the KI Klaksvik Champions League dream earlier this month.

Erling Moe’s team defeated KI 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the decisive round, while the visitors to Aker Stadion defeated Olimpija Ljubljana by four goals over two legs without answering.

Molde vs Galatasaray

In the second round of the Champions League, Molde and Galatasaray will face off. This matchup seems exciting because both teams are vying for a spot in the lucrative group stages.

Molde will face a higher caliber opponent when they play Turkish champions Galatasaray in the first leg of their qualifying playoff-round matchup on Wednesday after crushing the KI Klaksvik Champions League dream earlier this month. Erling Moe’s team defeated KI 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the decisive round, while the visitors to Aker Stadion defeated Olimpija Ljubljana by four goals over two legs without answering.

It is significant to remember that this will be the first time that the two teams have faced off. It is important to note that Galatasaray is the reigning Super Lig champion. They performed admirably in the preliminary stages of the Champions League qualifiers against Olimpija and Zalgiri.

The Turkish champions, however, have a poor record while visiting Europe, especially in Europe’s top league. Gala did win 3:0 at Olimpija in round three, but that was their only away triumph in 20 CL games since 2013. All but two of those 20 games were played during the group stage, not the qualifying round, it should be noted.

Molde, on the other hand, has a good home record in CL qualifiers. Molde has only lost one of ten home CL qualifiers since 2012. The Norwegians, meanwhile, have never previously advanced past the group round.

Verdict

Galatasaray struggled in their season debut, tying 2-2 with Zalgiris in the first leg of their matchup in the second qualifying round. However, they overcame the Lithuanian team 1-0 to advance, marking the start of a five-game streak without surrendering a goal.

Molde defeated KI after extra time in the previous round, and Valerenga and Molde drew 0-0 at home over the weekend. The hosts have already lost the opening leg of their previous two competitive ties, and they have only won once in their previous four games.

Since they have won four of their previous five games, Galatasaray should be able to defeat the hosts due to their superior talent. They have a proven finisher in Mauro Icardi, who will pose difficulties for the Norwegian team.

Icardi has scored three goals in his last two outings and an amazing 17 goals in his last 14 appearances for the Turkish team. Against a team that would infrequently face a finisher of that kind, he is a wonderful value to score at any time.

Tip: Galatasaray to win, Icardi to Score

Galatasaray to win – ✅

Icardi to score – ✅

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