Match: Astana – Galatasaray
Date: Wednesday, 30 September, 2015
Start time: 17:00 GMT
The team of Astana from Kazakhstan hosts Galatasaray in the match of the second round group stage of the Champions League. The meeting of group “C” of the race, where more formulations of Benfica and Atletico (Madrid).
Astana failed to win a point in their debut match in the Champions League after losing 0:2 away to Benfica. In Lisbon, however, the team of Stanimir Stoilov played tactically very well first half and went on holiday at 0: 0. In the second part yet of the Portuguese league team and a good physical preparation said his word, but the important thing is that Astana was not sparring partner for “eagles”.
Astana has already played three matches of the Champions League at home and record three wins. This is admirable, no matter that the meetings were of the preliminary rounds of the tournament. The team from Kazakhstan won against teams like Marbiro value, HIK Helsinki and APOEL Nicosia.
Against Galatasaray at home are connected and the greatest hopes for the team point in the group stage of the tournament. However, the meeting comes at a very inopportune moment for Astana, which is without a win in their last four games. This losing streak away team seven points behind leaders Kairat in the local championship and the chances for a second title in a row in Kazakhstan fell, with any participation in the Champions League next season.
Galatasaray failed to oppose Atletico Madrid and lost 0:2 at home in the first round. Podolski, Snejder and company could not find the strength to hinder Atletico and continued its poor run in the tournament. Galatasaray has a six-game losing streak in the race after the beginning of last season made it 1:1 with Anderlecht and lost their remaining five matches in the group stage.
In the Turkish Cup Galatasaray recorded two consecutive victories, which climbed to fourth place in the standings. In their last league match they beat Gaziantespor 2:1 at home, and one of the hits was made by new signing Podolski. Together with the other big star of the team Wesley Sneijder, both were taken before the end of the meeting to get a little more rest for the meeting in Kazakhstan.
After a poor start in the tournament goal to Galatasaray perhaps again will be to continue in the Europa League qualifier in third place in the group. However, it is too early to make general conclusions that the Turkish team can not win the fight with Benfica for second place, but by taking into account their performance in last season’s tournament it for Hamza Hamzaoglu and its graduates would be quite complicated to fight the Portuguese.
Astana against “lions” will seek binding success to have a chance for the top two positions in the group. Class composition is much better and I expect it to show it on the pitch.