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Galatasaray v Fenerbahce: Is the game on TV? Kick-off time, head-to-head stats and team news

Galatasaray will be crowned Turkish champions as long as they avoid defeat at home to Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce in the Intercontinental Derby on Sunday.

Galatasaray v Fenerbahce

Is Galatasaray v Fenerbahce on TV?

Galatasaray v Fenerbahce is not available to watch on TV and will not be broadcast live in the UK but the match is available on bet365's Sports Live Streaming service.

Galatasaray v Fenerbahce kick-off time, date and venue

Galatasaray entertain Fenerbahce at Rams Park, Istanbul on Sunday 19th May in the Turkish Super Lig, with the action getting under way at 17:00.

Galatasaray v Fenerbahce stats and head-to-head record (H2H)

In total, the two rivals have met 277 times in official matches with Fener having the better record with 100 wins. Gala have recorded 86 victories in the derby and there have been 91 draws.

Galatasaray have had the upper hand recently, winning three of the last four meetings, with Fenerbahce's last triumph in the derby coming in April 2022, when they won 2-0 at home.

Galatasaray v Fenerbahce head-to-head record (H2H)

Galatasaray wins

86

Draws

91

Fenerbahce wins

100

* H2H stats refer to all competitions

Galatasaray v Fenerbahce team news

Galatasaray team news

Galatasaray have no reported injury problems or players suspended for the derby. Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi, who has hit 23 league goals this season, is set to start up front with the influential Dries Mertens and Hakim Ziyech playing supporting roles from midfield.

Fenerbahce team news

Fenerbahce are likely to be without Irfan Kahveci, who is struggling with a muscle injury, and Ismail Yuksek, who has been hampered by an ankle problem.

Why is it called the Intercontinental Derby?

Galatasaray versus Fenerbahce is known as the Intercontinental Derby because the two sides come from Istanbul's Asian and European parts, respectively, with the city separated by the Bosphorus Strait.

Gala are based in the Seyrantepe quarter of the Sariyer district, on the European side of the city, while Fener are situated on the Asian side, from the Fenerbahce neighbourhood in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul.

Intercontinental Derby history 

The Intercontinental Derby is considered the biggest match in Turkey, with the rivalry between the two clubs growing to such an extent that it is now regarded as one of the most bitter and intense derbies in world football.

The first recorded fixture between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce was a friendly game in January 1909, which ended 2-0 in Gala's favour.

In February 1934 a supposed friendly match reportedly had to be abandoned due to fighting between the players on the pitch and rioting among rival spectators.

In 1959, during the first season of professional top-flight football in Turkey, the league was split into two groups of eight, with Gala and Fener winning their respective groups. 

They then squared off in a two-legged final, with the winner crowned champions. After Galatasaray won the first match 1-0, Fenerbahce responded by taking the second leg 4-0, triumphing 4-1 on aggregate.

In 1996, one of the most controversial incidents in the history of the Intercontinental Derby took place when former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness, during a brief spell as Galatasaray boss, decided to celebrate a Turkish Cup final victory over Fenerbahce by planting a Galatasaray flag on Fenerbahce's pitch. 

Souness' side had won the first leg of the two-legged final at home 1-0 but Fener levelled the game up in the second leg, also winning 1-0. In extra-time Wales international Dean Saunders scored the winner for the visitors to spark wild celebrations.

The away fans handed over a giant flag to the jubilant players afterwards and Souness incensed the home fans by running with it and sticking it into the centre spot.

In May 2007, Fenerbahce faced Gala away with the visitors having already been confirmed Turkish champions.

The home fans decided to throw thousands of plastic water bottles, stadium seats, and other materials onto the playing surface at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, earning the match the nickname the 'water derby'.

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