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Eskisehirspor v Galatasaray betting tips - Lions to heap more misery on relegation threatened hosts

Brendan O'Neill 31 Mar 2016
  • Riekering takes charge for 1st time as Gala coach after Instanbul derby postponement
  • Season end can't come quick enough for Lions
  • Eskisehirspor in dire straits at bottom of standings

New Galatasaray coach Jan Olde Riekering takes charge of the Lions for the first time on Saturday evening as they take on rock bottom Eskisehirspor at Eskişehir Atatürk Stadyumu.

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Riekering was set to face a baptism of fire prior to the international break with his side due to tackle championship chasing Fenerbahce at Türk Telekom Arena.

However, Turkish authorities called off the Istanbul derby about two hours before kick-off citing an unspecified threat, saying the match would be played at a later date.

A statement from the Istanbul governor’s office said the match was cancelled following “the assessment of serious intelligence”, but didn’t provide further details. The decision was made following “the request and the agreement” of the two bitter rivals the statement read.

Galatasaray named the 53-year-old as coach until the end of the season in mid-March to replace Mustafa Denizli, who endured a torrid three month spell at the club that saw the team exit the Europa League at the hands of Serie A side Lazio and fall out of title contention.

The Dutchman joined Galatasaray's coaching staff in February and takes the helm with the team languishing fifth in the standings. 

Gala have endured a miserable campaign just one season after securing a record 20th league title. They are out of Europe following elimination from both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League and are out Super Lig contention, with Besiktas and Fenerbahce involved in two horse race to claim their crown.

The likes of German international Lukas Podolski, Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera have failed to inspire the Lions this term and to add to their woes, they have have been handed a two season ban from European club competitions by UEFA following a breach of financial fair play regulations.

They come into this weekend's clash on the back three straight draws, though, and are up against an Eskisehirspor side without a win in five and just one victory in their last nine outings in all competitions.

The hosts are rooted to the foot of the table, where they sit six points from safety and we're backing the beleaguered Lions to add to their misery this Saturday.

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