That’s all there’s to play for on Thursday when Barcelona journey to Turkey to tackle Galatasaray within the second match of the Europa League spherical of 16.
Slightly poor type in entrance of purpose, mixed with a lifetime efficiency from Barcelona-loaned Inaki Pena within the Galatasaray purpose, ended the primary spherical in a goalless draw, which suggests we’re dealing with a winner-takes-all deal right here.
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When is kick off? Thursday 17 March, 17:45 (GMT)Where is the match performed? Nef StadyumuTV channel / livestream? BT Sport Extra (UK), Paramount + (USA)Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channelJudge? Daniele Orsato (ITA)WHERE? Paolo Valeri (ITA)
There can be no reunion for the previous Barcelona man Arda Turan. The outdoors has been tormented by accidents this season, together with his newest groin issues protecting him away from it.
Ryan Babel bought a slap in the primary leg however was match sufficient to get off the bench in opposition to Besiktas on Monday, and he needs to be match sufficient to play right here.
All eyes are on midfielder Gerard Pique. The veteran limped off within the second half of Sunday’s 4-0 win over Osasuna and was later seen with an ice pack on his groin. There have been no official bulletins about his situation, which makes him an apparent doubt.
Gavi is again from his European suspension, however long-term absence Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Alejandro Balde and Samuel Umtiti are nonetheless lacking. Dani Alves just isn’t registered within the squad.
Galatasaray’s poor league place is deceptive. They are having fun with a brand new supervisor’s bounce after Domenec Torrent’s arrival in January and so they have caught to some prime groups in current months, together with on the Camp Nou in opposition to Barcelona.
That mentioned, this just isn’t the series-winning Galatasaray we used to know. They are big underdogs and their probabilities of protecting Barcelona away for at the least one other 90 minutes appear small, particularly since that stalemate was extra of a stoop for Xavis Blaugrana than a sign of poor type.
Barcelona have been among the many objectives since Adama Traore, Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got here in in January, and that trio could make a distinction right here.
Prediction: Galatasaray 0-2 Barcelona