We bring you the latest form and team news from Barcelona and Galatasaray:
The Catalan giants have hit top gear at a crucial time in the season and are currently on a 4-game winning run, in which they have scored 14 goals. Top players like Aubameyang and Torres have fit into the team seamlessly, giving them attacking bite to match the stability they already have in the middle of the park.
Barca are 3rd in La Liga and on course to book their Champions League spot. They have eyes on the Europa League trophy, too, as it remains the only one yet missing in their trophy cabinet. After dominating Napoli 5-3 on aggregate, they are making their intentions clear in Europe.
Going into this game, Barca will be missing the likes of Dani Alves, who is not registered for the Europa League, and Gavi, who is suspended. Also, Samuel Umtiti, Alejandro Balde, Ansu Fati, and Sergi Roberto are all injured and will miss the game.
Galatasaray’s form has declined of late, and their current position in the league (12th) is proof of that. The Turkish giants are not having a great season by their standards, with 6 losses, 2 wins, and 2 draws in their last 10 games in all competitions. They appeared to have somewhat recovered recently, recording two draws and two wins before slumping to a 2-nil defeat during the weekend.
In Europe, they have been much better and are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the Europa League (5 wins and 5 draws). Their away form in Europe is not so positive, with 5 losses, 1 win, and 4 draws in their last 10 away European fixtures. Sofiane Feghouli is their only bright spot in Europe with 2 goals and 1 assist this season.
For their team news, Galatasaray will have to make do without Arda Turan, Burak Yilmaz, Sofiane Feghouli, and Kaan Arslan, who are sidelined with different injuries.