Our prediction for this Turkey Super Lig match:
All eyes will be on Turk Telekom Stadyumu when Galatasaray and Trabzonspor face each other in the Turkish Super Lig derby. Galatasaray came from behind to share the spoils with Istanbul Basaksehir at the weekend, but they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to rejoin the Champions League race. First-choice goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and attacker Florin Andone remain in the recovery room, but Galatasaray are still seen as favourites to win the derby.
Trabzonspor, on the other hand, dropped four points in back-to-back draws with Alanyaspor and Ankaragucu. The visitors aim to regain top position in the standings, but given their performance in the 1-1 draw with Ankara, we are tempted to put our money on Fatih Terim’s troops. In their last meeting in Istanbul Galatasaray defeated Trabzonspor 3-1, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Radamel Falcao):
Radamel Falcao, nicknamed the “Colombian Tiger”, is considered one of the best players in the history of Colombian football. The 177-cm-tall attacker is well known for his brilliant finishing and his header technique gives him an advantage in aerial battles with opposition defenders.
Falcao was born in Santa Marta, Colombia on 10 February, 1986 and he started his senior career at Lanceros Boyaca. He played for Argentine giants River Plate between 2005 and 2009 and in 2009 he joined Porto. After scoring 41 goals in 51 league appearances for the Dragons, Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid on 18 August 2011 for a fee of €40 million.
The Colombian attacker helped los Rojiblancos win Europa League trophy in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played for Monaco in the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 campaign and in 2014 he signed a loan deal with Manchester United. He scored just 4 goals in 26 league appearances for the Red Devils and was later loaned to Chelsea before returning to Stade Louis II.
Highlighted Team (Trabzonspor):
Founded on August 2, 1967, Trabzonspor are a Turkish club that compete in the Super Lig. The Karadeniz Firtinasi welcome their rivals at Medical Park Stadyumu, the venue which can hold up to 38,477 people. Trabzonspor were the dominant force in the Turkish top flight from 1975 to 1984, with the team clinching six domestic titles during that period.
The Turkish outfit booked their place in European competitions for the first time in the 1976/77, while making it to the Champions League group stages in the 2011/2012 season. Trabzonspor are well known for their claret and blue kits. After their foundation in 1967 English club Aston Villa sent a set of kits to Trabzonspor, which is the main reason why the two clubs wear the same colours.
Daniel Sturridge is the team’s most notable player. The former Liverpool man, who won the Champions League title with the Premier League side, joined the club in the summer of 2019 as a free agent.