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Besiktas prepare to host Galatasaray needing critical win

Besiktas will host Galatasaray this weekend needing to beat their Istanbul rivals.

With a 2-0 victory over Alanyaspor on Saturday, league leader Galatasaray have the edge ahead of the derby.

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Galatasaray recovered from last week's 5-1 drubbing by Medipol Başakşehir, as it beat Aytemiz Alanyaspor 2-0 in Istanbul Saturday.

The match was critical for Galatasaray and its coach Igor Tudor, amid calls for his sacking after the heavy defeat.

Afterwards, the former Juventus defender took aim at the media: "It is a shame. You [the media] always show me as a bad coach but Galatasaray is on top now.

"We are just actors for you, the show must go on but the actors must always be replaced.

"If we had lost today I would have had to go according to you. Everything is only black or white for the media."

For derby rivals Besiktas, they fired their second blank in two weeks.

Away from home, the Black Eagles was held to a 0-0 stalemate by Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor on Saturday evening.

Beşiktaş now has 23 points, six behind Galatasaray going into the derby.

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