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This tie is firmly in the balance after a goalless first leg. Can Galatasaray claim a famous scalp? Find out with our Galatasaray vs Barcelona preview here along with the predictions and free tips we mention along the way.
Galatasaray vs Barcelona: Our top betting tips
Check out our match predictions for the big game.
- Double chance: Galatasaray or draw @ 2/1 (3.00)
- BTTS: Yes @ 5/6 (1.83)
- Total goals: Over 2.5 @ 3/5 (1.60)
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Could Galatasaray avoid a 90 minute elimination?
Galatasaray have improved a lot recently; they lost just one of their last seven games, with three wins and three draws. This is interesting considering Galatasaray had lost six consecutive games prior to that; they’ll be going up against a Barcelona side that has no losses in 10 games. As a matter of fact, Barcelona won seven of those 10 games, including five of their last six games; however, they couldn’t score against Galatasaray at the Camp Nou. We’re going for value here, and considering Galatasaray’s newfound form; we believe they can hold off the Catalans for at least 90 more minutes.
Both teams will score
Barcelona kept clean sheets in their last two games; however, they did concede in six of seven games prior to that. Conversely, the Catalan giants have not had much trouble finding the net; they scored in 18 of their last 19 games in all competitions. Both teams scored in six of Barcelona’s last nine games. In like manner, Galatasaray scored in nine of their last 11 games; they kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 games. Both teams scored in nine of Galatasaray’s last 11 games; and for this reason, we believe that both teams will find the net.
Goals, goals, goals
Although the reverse fixture of this tie was goalless, these are two high-scoring teams. Barcelona scored 18 goals in their last six games; that’s three goals per game on average. It’s worth noting that five of those six games went over 2.5, with four of those games going over 3.5. Similarly, Galatasaray have had their fair share of high-scoring games; three of their last five games went over 2.5, with just over three goals scored on average in those five games. On that note, we should expect some goals in this match.
The best odds for Galatasaray vs Barcelona
Galatasaray vs Barcelona: Team News
Galatasaray are coming off a much-needed win against local rivals Besiktas; they’ve had a fairly decent run of form, losing just once in their last seven games. Domenec Font’s men will fancy their chances of advancing to the quarterfinal, after goalless draw at the Camp Nou; they’ll look to Mostafa Mohamed to produce the goals.
Barcelona have enjoyed a good run of form the past couple of months; they are unbeaten in their last 10 games in all competitions, with seven wins and three draws. Xavi’s men will look to extend that run to 11 games as they take on Galatasaray. All eyes will be on Memphis Depay.
The final word on Galatasaray vs Barcelona
- Who are the bookies favourites? Barcelona
- When is kick off? 17:45 GMT
- Where is the game being played? Stadium Nef