Real Madrid vs Galatasaray Champions League Sports Betting Odds & Football Parlay Picks
|Betting Odds & Stats|
|-500 (-105)||Spread||+1100 (-115)|
|Over 3.5 (-105)||Total||Under 3.5 (-115)|
|Real Madrid FC||Score and stat||Galatasaray|
Reason for Real Madrid vs Galatasaray UEFA Champions League
|Real Madrid -500|
Matchday three’s reverse encounter marked Real’s third consecutive UCL H2H win over Galatasaray (W5, L2 in UCL overall). It was also the first occasion since November 2018 that the ‘Galacticos’ have won after leading at half-time in a UCL fixture.
Real Madrid aren’t having the great year, but the Spanish giants should have been top of La Liga going into this one. The hosts had the chance to move top on Saturday night, but a 0-0 draw with Real Betis caused concern. This Real side may have spent big in the summer, but they continue to have a problem in attack. When it comes down to picking apart tight defences, Real fall short.
Massively odds-on to win, Real Madrid should arrest what is currently a three-game winless run at home (D1, L2) in the UEFA Champions League (UCL). However, a majority (three) of Real’s last five UCL wins have come by a single-goal margin, so tension may yet prevail.
Real have had their own troubles in this group, scoring just three times in their first three games. We expect them to have a tough time going forward once again, while Galatasaray have a real goal drought going on. The visitors have seen under 2.5 goals in nine of their last 10, while they’ve failed to score in their last five trips in this competition.
James Rodriguez should be back in the matchday squad after missing out at the weekend due to the birth of his child. Marcelo will push to get his starting spot back at left-back after Ferland Mendy got the nod at the weekend.
It's unclear whether Gareth Bale will be selected by Zinedine Zidane, which could pave the way for teenager Rodrygo to start once again. Lucas Vazquez is also an option but he is not yet at full fitness.
Key Player: Toni Kroos’ last two goals for Real have come inside the first 20 minutes of play. The first of those was netted in the reverse UCL encounter.
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Galatasaray are going down a similar path. The Turkish giants have the best defensive record in the Super Lig, but they also have one of the lowest returns in attack. They’re averaging just over a goal per game, but they’ve still got a positive goal difference.
Close to elimination already, Galatasaray are winless in eight UCL games (D2, L6), scoring in just one of those outings. The last two away losses in that sequence came by a 2-0 scoreline, with both halves lost 1-0 but no goals conceded after the hour mark.
That form has carried over to their Champions League group, which has seen Gala involved in a few low scoring games. The Turkish giants have been paired with both PSG and Real Madrid, but they’ve conceded just twice in three games. Two 1-0 losses and a 0-0 with Club Brugge have left them in the mix for third, but it’s hardly been a thrilling watch.
Sener Ozbayrakli came off injured in Galatasaray's 2-0 win over Rizespor on Friday and is a doubt here. Former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao is struggling for full fitness and may not start here. Steven N'Zonzi and Marcao are one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League.
Key Player: Galatasaray’s Selçuk ?nan was the last goalscorer in his side’s most recent UCL win (September 2018). In turn, Galatasaray’s last two UCL wins have seen him net a penalty
|The Pick: Real Madrid -500, Under 3.5|