UCL Match Preview: Galatasaray vs Real Madrid

Galatasaray have one point from two Champions League group games. They drew their first match 0-0 with Club Bruges before losing 1-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid are remarkably bottom of Group A with just one point from two games. They followed up their 3-0 defeat to PSG with a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges.

Madrid slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat to Mallorca at the weekend and anything other than three points on Tuesday will leave Zinedine Zidane’s side in a perilous position in the group.

The last time Galatasaray hosted Madrid in a Champions League match they lost 6-1. That was in 2013 and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

Do not expect a repeat scoreline on Tuesday. In fact, Galatasaray have a really good chance to inflict further misery on Madrid.

Team News

Galatasaray-  are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players, including former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Sofiane Feghouli is also in a race against time to prove his fitness. Various betting options are available on site for tonight’s Champions League games on NaijaBet

Emre Mor and Florin Andone performed well in Feghouli and Andone’s respective places in the weekend and may be called upon from the start on Tuesday.

Real Madrid- Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has real problems ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Turkey. Thibaut Courtois’ form in goal remains an issue, while Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez’s absence leaves them short of natural alternatives on the right.

Isco, James Rodriguez and Luka Jovic are all under performing to add to Zidane’s woes and he may have to start at least two of those players given the players unavailable for Madrid heading into Tuesday’s crucial Champions League match.

Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane will all return to the starting XI in midweek and Toni Kroos is also available after recovering from a muscle strain.

Given Jovic’s struggles, Hazard may be asked to play up front with Vinícius Junior on the left. Rodriguez may be given another chance to impress, albeit from the right.

 Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 33 of Real Madrid’s last 36 Champions League games.

Galatasaray have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 8 matches against Real Madrid in all competitions.

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 matches against Galatasaray in all competitions.

Galatasaray have failed to score in 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).

Real Madrid have won 6 of their last 7 matches against Galatasaray in all competitions.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Galatasaray’s last 7 games (UEFA Champions League).

Galatasaray have failed to win their last 7 matches (Champions League).

Real Madrid have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).

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As at the time this post Galatasaray has 5.03 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Real Madrid has 1.76 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 3.96