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Galatasaray v Rizespor betting tips - Lions to hand Riekering 1st Istanbul win

  • Riekering era kicks off with defeat
  • Podolski rumoured to be eyeing Istanbul exit
  • Rizespor also struggling for form of late

New Galatasaray coach Jan Olde Riekering will be seeking his first win in charge of the club at the second attempt when the Lions play host to Rizespor in the Super Lig on Saturday afternoon.

Galatasaray v Rizespor kick off at 1500 BST on Saturday, April 9. Watch & bet on live streaming football at bet365 > sports > live streaming football


Riekering's reign at Galatasaray didn't get off to the best of starts as Gala went down 4-3 at Eskişehirspor last weekend. That result saw them sink to eighth in the table where they sit on 39 points, 24 adrift of leaders Besiktas.

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 in Instanbul that saw the Lions exit the Europa League at the hands of Serie A side Lazio and fall out of title contention.

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.

And to add insult to injury, Podolski is looking for a move away from the club in the summer according to the Turkish newspaper Fanatik, which claims the Germany international is sounding out a move to Qatar at the end of the season.

Podolski has scored ten goals in 26 league games and 12 in total as well as providing five assists in all competitions for the Lions.

Galatasaray come into this weekend's encounter without a win in four in the Turkish top flight but can at least take some solace from the fact that Rizespor haven't won in four either and are six places and nine points below them in the table.

The visitors have struggled for goals of late with just two scored in their last four outings compared to eight for the Lions, so a home win looks the safe bet here.

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