Galatasaray v Real Madrid Preview

September 15, 2013 | By

Betfred - £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required + £25 Matched BetUEFA Champions League action from Group B on Tuesday night comes from The Türk Telekom Arena and features Galatasaray versus Real Madrid.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 4 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Galatasaray v Real Madrid Preview, Champions League, Tuesday 17th September 2013

Galatasaray head into their first game of the group stage with a tough opener against Real Madrid and having had a poor start to their new season in the Turkish Super Lig the pressure is certainly going to be on the manager Fatih Terim and his side.

However, the Turk Telecom Arena is an extremely hostile place to go for any team outside of Turkey as Real Madrid found out last season during this competition when losing 3-2 and nearly being eliminated from the competition, so despite the poor start that Galatasaray have had to their new season you can’t write them off just yet.

Real Madrid secured the world record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the transfer window and with the 24 year old Welsh International needing just 39mins to score his first goal for his new club in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal at the weekend all Real Madrid fans will expect their side to come away from this tough opening group game with maximum points, especially with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo also in the side and also scoring during that game at the weekend.

Galatasaray v Real Madrid Team News

Galatasaray Team News:

Manager Fatih Terim has almost a full squad to choose his starting eleven from for this game with midfielder Hamit Altintop (Hip) his only casualty as he continues to recover from inury. Wesley Sneijder didn’t play in the weekend’s 1-1 draw against Antalyaspor but does look likely to return to the starting lineup for this game on tuesday night which will see Drogba and Yilmaz leading the attack up front.

Real Madrid Team News:

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has a few injury problems to contend with for this game. Xabi Alonso (Metatarsal) is definitely out for the vistors and not expected back until at least the end of November and there are also doubts over Fábio Coentrão, Marcelo and Raphael Varane who missed the 2-2 draw against Villarreal at the weekend. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are both expected to start this game though with Benzema leading the attack up front.

Galatasaray v Real Madrid Head to Head Statistics

09/04/13 UCL Galatasaray – Real Madrid 3 : 2
03/04/13 UCL Real Madrid – Galatasaray 3 : 0
24/08/11 UCL Real Madrid – Galatasaray 2 : 1
17/04/01 UCL Real Madrid – Galatasaray 3 : 0
02/04/01 UCL Galatasaray – Real Madrid 3 : 2

Who Has The Advantage?

Tuesday night’s game from Istanbul will become the 7th meeting between these two clubs over the years and from those results Galatasaray have won 3, Real Madrid have won 3 and there has been no draws and the overall stats show that neither side has any real advantage here.

Recent meetings however show a slightly different story with Galatasaray having won 2 and Real Madrid having won 3 which suggests that Real Madrid have a small advantage heading into this game.

Average Goals Per Game?

An incredible 22 goals have been scored during the previous 6 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.66 which strongly suggests that this game on tuesday night at the Turk Telecom Arena should see a few goals bulge the nets.

Galatasaray v Real Madrid Recent Form (Left to Right)

Galatasaray: W W D D D

Real Madrid: W W W W D

Real Madrid have the clear advantage on recent form stats having won four of their last five games and drawing the other. Galatasaray have managed to win two of their last five matches and drawing the remaining three.

Neither side has suffered a defeat in their previous five matches played.

Galatasaray v Real Madrid Match Betting Odds Market.

Galatasaray have not had the best start to their new season on the domestic front and as such the online bookmakers are not giving the hosts much chance of winning this game at a current best price of 6/1 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers) which does look a bit overpriced considering they have a good record against Real Madrid at the Turk Telecom Arena.

The Draw could happen here as both sides are heading into this game on the back of draws during their domestic league games at the weekend and at a current best price of 10/3 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) I can see some punters getting on.

Real Madrid still concede too many goals for me to be a real contender in this tournament and until they fix that problem then there is an obvious case that Galatasaray can score in this game, so their current best price of 1/2 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers) does look a bit short for me.

Galatasaray v Real Madrid Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A game that Real Madrid will be expected to win and with the way Galatasaray have started their new season on the domestic front it is difficult to make any case for the hosts to stop them.

The goal stats suggest this game to see at least a few goals go in on tuesday night and with the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Drogba, Yilmaz and Wesley Sneijder all involved this does look a likely event and the goals markets should provide some decent value to be had for this one.

An exciting game in prospect and one that Real Madrid should win given their abundance of talent that will be involved and although they don’t make much appeal on the straight win, the asian handicap does offer up some value and is my choice for this game.

The Verdict

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