Fatih Terim’s men face a daunting task at home against Real Madrid as they hope to secure a place in the Champions League semi finals
After getting bashed at the Santiago Bernabeu in what was tagged a mismatch in the first leg quarter finals of Europe’s biggest club football tournament, Turkish giants Galatasaray will attempt a comeback against Real Madrid who seems to home and dry for a place in the Semi-final.
Not minding this daunting task, Fatih Terim will be counting on home supports to mark one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history and are 7/2(4.50) shot at Ladbrokes to record a win against Jose Mourinho’s team and at long odds of 66/1 (67.00) to qualify for the semi finals, a feat they have not achieved for over 25 years.
For the visitors, they will have their hands full against the homers who will be backed by a hostile crowd at the Turk Telekom Arena inIstanbul. They come into this game with less pressure having done the necessary damage in Spain a week ago and are favorites to silence their hosts at 8/11 (1.72) and a mouth watering 1/500 (1.00), with the draw priced at 11/4 (3.75).
WithMadrid’s form in this season’s tourney, they look spectacular with 12 matches unbeaten run to show for their exploits. Indeed, of the away matches played this term, they have only lost time against Borussia Dortmund ofGermany.
Having netted in almost all their games in the Champions League, Madrid look likely to continue their goal scoring run on Tuesday afternoon, and backing them to goal crazy at 23/20 (2.15).
Galatasaray are still fresh from their 3-1 spanking of Mersin Idmanyurdu in the Super Liga at the weekend, the Turks will be hoping to put away the disappointment of the inability of Dany Nounkeu, Burak Yilmaz, Engin Baytar and Aydyn Yylmaz to crush Los Blancos which looks unlikely, given the fact they only boast of a solitary home win in this season’s tourney.
The last time both met at this venue was in the 2000/2001 season when Galacticos were downed 3-2 in the quarter final first leg. Given their propensity for scoring at home, backing them to win both halves at 15/1 (16.00) might just be a shrewd move.
Mourinho will have no cause to worry in Turkey as they chase their a record setting 24th appearance in European competitions semi finals because they have no injury worries except for the absence of Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos who are out on card offences.
Cristiano Ronaldo who leads the goal scorers chart with 9 goals from as many games is tipped available at 3/1 (4.00) to become the night’s first goal scorer and 8/13 (1.61) to score at anytime while Ivorien talisman, Didier Drogba who got a brace a the weekend is at 7/1 (8.00) to score first and 9/4(3.35) to score at anytime.