17:30 GMT 20 July 2017
As most European leagues are preparing for life in the coming season, the continental tournaments have begun in their qualifying rounds as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are both in their second rounds. In one of the ties in the Europa League, it is actually the big favourites who could be going out. Turkish giants Galatasaray have a 2-0 deficit to overturn after they were turned over by Swedish side Ostersunds in the first leg of the two-legged affair.
The meeting between the sides last week was the only time they have played and it ended with the hosts, Ostersunds winning 2-0. Galatasaray will need to score their first goal against the Swedish side to put themselves in the running for qualification. Head to head matches: Galatasaray Istanbul - Ostersunds FK
Head to head matches: Galatasaray Istanbul - Ostersunds FK
Galatasaray released news at the weekend that the contract of Wesley Sneijder has been mutually terminated which is a massive blow for them. New signing, Younes Belhanda will miss the game through injury along with Yasin Oztekin. Both players will be missed by the hosts and could prove vital absences.
Latest matches: Galatasaray Istanbul
|13.07.2017||UEFA||Ostersunds FK||Galatasaray Istanbul||2:0||L|
|08.07.2017||Club||Diosgyori VTK||Galatasaray Istanbul||0:2||W|
|19.05.2017||Supe||Galatasaray Istanbul||Osmanlispor FK||2:0||W|
As Ostersunds look to protect their well-earned first leg advantage, they don’t have any players missing and should be able to use this to increase their chances of progression even further. They will have to stay resolute defensively if they want to make it to the third qualifying round.
Latest matches: Ostersunds FK
|16.07.2017||Alls||Ostersunds FK||Djurgardens IF||2:1||W|
|13.07.2017||UEFA||Ostersunds FK||Galatasaray Istanbul||2:0||W|
|09.07.2017||Alls||Ostersunds FK||Jonkopings Sodra||1:1||D|
|26.06.2017||Club||Hammarby IF||Ostersunds FK||0:3||W|
With the 2-0 advantage they take into the game from the first leg, Ostersunds are expecting to progress into the next round. However, at home, Galatasaray won’t lie down and should at least win on the day. They will struggle to overturn the deficit which will be an almost impossible task if the visitors manage to grab a goal against the run of play. It should be Ostersunds who book a place in the next round but it will be a great second leg.
20 July 2017 - 17:30 GMT
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