TODAY’S – Make-or-break game for Galatasaray as it hosts Red Star

Make-or-break game for Galatasaray as it hosts Red StarGalatasaray Liv Hospital takes on Crvena Zvezda, also known as Red Star, at Abdi Ipeki Arena in what is expected to be an intense showdown between two clubs desperately needing a win to maintain their slight chances of survival in the Top 16 of the Euroleague on Thursday.Galatasaray was dealt a heavy blow after Real Madrid defeated the Istanbul club 107-71 last week.

Ergin Atamanand#39s men dropped to the bottom spot in Group E with a record of 2-7 and an inferior head-to-head record with Crvena They are at a crucial turn as a loss might practically end their Euroleague campaign this season.The Turkish powerhouse has been fighting the odds since the start of this season and their presence in the round of Top 16 came as a surprise to many indeed.

One of the most important keys of the team, playmaker Carlos Arroyo, left the club, citing financial reasons adding to the woes last week.The coaching team has to cope with a short rotation of players against Crvena due to injuries.

Having only about half of the roster available worked out well during the week, as Galatasaray reached an uplifting victory over archrivals Fenerbahe ulker on Monday and they are hoping for the best against Crvena on Thursday.An on-form Zoran Erceg is likely to be the key to lead the Galatasaray offensive force.

Sinan Guler and Vladimir Micov will support the wings and the scoring for the hosts. Patric Young and Kerem Gnlum will have the hard task of stopping Zvezda leading scorer Boban Marjanovic on the Abdi Ipeki court.

It will be the fourth meeting of the two sides this season. Galatasaray won two of the outings, including an overtime clash in Istanbul during the regular season.

Atamanand#39s side had a hard-fought victory on the road in their last encounter in Top 16.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman