Turkish giants Galatasaray need a win against Marseille on Thursday night to book a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Turkish giants Galatasaray need a win against Marseille on Thursday night to book a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Galatasaray are top of Group E with 8 points and remain unbeaten, while Marseille have not won a single game and are in third with 4 points.

The French side have played four straight draws, two of which ended goalless.

Marseille enter Thursday’s game on a seven-match unbeaten run, but there were no goals to be had in their previous meeting with Galatasaray back in September.

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What time does Galatasaray vs Marseille start?

The game kicks off at 8:45pm Kenyan time at the Nef Stadyumu.

Galatasaray vs Marseille team news

Arda Turan, Omar Elabdellaoui and Sacha Boey have all been ruled out with injuries for the hosts.

Veteran goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is one booking away from suspension but will definitely start in goal.

Forward Mbaye Niang’ is also pushing for a start up front to lead the attacking line.

Marseille star Dimitri Payet is suspended for this fixture and will sit it out, joining Cengiz Under, who is dealing with a back injury.

Galatasaray vs Marseille head to head

These teams have only gone up against each other once before, a barren draw back in September.

Galatasaray vs Marseille current form

A 2-1 league defeat to Fernebahce is the home side’s only blemish in their last five-match record.

Aside from that, they have won two and drawn another two in that run.

For the visitors, they have only managed one win in their last five games, sharing the spoils in the remaining four.

Galatasaray vs Marseille prediction

The hosts have been impressive in Europe and Marseille’s inability to score goals could prove to be their achilles heel. Galatasaray are likely to come out on top.

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