Europa League

Galatasaray vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Tom Gott
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It's all to play for on Thursday when Barcelona travel to Turkey to take on Galatasaray in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie.

Some poor form in front of goal, coupled with the performance of a lifetime from Barcelona loanee Inaki Pena in the Galatasaray goal, saw the first leg end in a goalless draw, meaning we're in for a winner-takes-all affair here.

Here's all you need to know about this one.


How to watch Galatasaray vs Barcelona on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Thursday 17 March, 17:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Nef Stadyumu
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport Extra (UK), Paramount+ (US)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel
Referee? Daniele Orsato (ITA)
VAR? Paolo Valeri (ITA)


Galatasaray team news

There'll be no reunion for former Barcelona man Arda Turan. The winger has been plagued by injuries this season, with his latest groin issue keeping him out of this one.

Ryan Babel picked up a knock in the first leg but was fit enough to come off the bench against Besiktas on Monday, and he should be fit enough to play here.


Barcelona team news

All eyes are on centre-back Gerard Pique. The veteran limped off in the second half of Sunday's 4-0 win over Osasuna and was later spotted with an ice pack on his groin. There has been no official word on his condition, making him an obvious doubt.

Gavi is back from his European ban, but long-term absentees Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Alejandro Balde and Samuel Umtiti are still missing. Dani Alves is not registered in the squad.


Galatasaray vs Barcelona score prediction

Galatasaray's poor league standing is misleading. They're enjoying a new manager bounce following the January arrival of Domenec Torrent and they've held their own against some top sides in the last few months, including at Camp Nou against Barcelona.

That being said, this isn't the serial-winning Galatasaray that we used to know. They are massive underdogs and their chances of keeping Barcelona out for at least another 90 minutes appear slim, especially since that stalemate was more of a blip for Xavi's Blaugrana than an indication of poor form.

Barcelona have been among the goals since the January arrivals of Adama Traore, Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and that trio could make the difference here.

Prediction: Galatasaray 0-2 Barcelona

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