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Galatasaray vs Molde betting tips: Champions League play-off round second leg preview, predictions and odds

Galatasaray vs Molde odds and betting statistics



Galatasaray vs Molde match preview

These two produced a five-goal thriller at Røkkeløkka just six nights ago, after which it’s Galatasaray who are in the catbird seat to get through.

In the first leg, Martin Ellingsen struck first for Molde but, by half time, the visitors had turned it round, courtesy of Sérgio Oliveira’s equaliser, before Mauro Icardi pulled off a stunning van Basten-esque volley.

Soon after half time, Kristoffer Haugen got it back to 2-2 and, in truth, it was the Norwegian champions who dominated the second half.

But, right at the death, Gala hit their hosts with a sucker-punch; Icardi rolling the ball across to Fredrik Midtsjø to roll the ball into an unguarded net, sparking wild celebrations from those who’d travelled from Türkiye.

So, having won 3-2 on the road, can Okan Buruk’s team complete the job back in İstanbul?

Galatasaray are under enormous pressure to reach the Champions League group stages, having already overcome Žalgiris Vilnius and Olimpija Ljubljana just to get this far.

Molde meantime, having ousted HJK and Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag thus far, are dreaming of returning to the Champions League for the first time since 1999.

However, following that last-gasp defeat on Wednesday, Erling Moe’s men require a remarkable remontada at Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi.

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Ben Gray

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