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UEFA Champions League

  • 18 September 2013
  • • 00:15
  • • Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 47669
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Galatasaray-Real Madrid Preview: Blancos hunt La Decima

Carlo Ancelotti's side begin their assault on another crown with a potentially tricky trip to Turkey on Tuesday

Real Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals last season but will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy for a 10th time this term.

With Carlo Ancelotti now at the helm, los Blancos have enjoyed a fruitful summer of recruitment, with
Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Gareth Bale the club's stand out signings over the summer.

Madrid will have to do without midfielder Xabi Alonso who remains on the sidelines with a broken foot, while Ancelotti confirmed Iker Casillas will start his first game of the season having been displaced by Diego Lopez.

Galatasaray ended their 12-match winless streak against Spanish opposition when they played Real in the quarter-finals last season, as they recorded a 3-2 home victory that ultimately proved in vain as Mourinho's men progressed 5-3 on aggregate.

With Ronaldo on a run of 21 goals in his previous 19 Champions League matches, the Turkish side face a tough challenge in securing a repeat success.

Yet Galatasaray do boast a fine recent record in Istanbul, losing only two of their last 14 home European matches.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Galatasaray

Real Madrid

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Galatasaray SK GS
Galatasaray SK Galatasaray
Draw
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
21%
71%

Top 3 Predictions

Galatasaray SK GS
1 - 3
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Galatasaray SK GS
1 - 2
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Galatasaray SK GS
2 - 1
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA

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