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UEFA Champions League

  • December 5, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Estádio AXA, Braga
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 8964
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Champions League Preview: Braga - Galatasaray

The Turkish giant is one last push away from confirming a place in the knock-out phase of the Champions League and must see off its eliminated host to complete the job.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
BRAGA
FC Lorient
Beto
Salino, Echiejile, Coelho, Ismaily

Micael, Custodio,
Viana
Alan, Eder, Amorim
GALATASARAY

Muslera
 Eboue, Semih, Nounkeu, Riera
 Hamit, Selcuk, Melo, Amrabat
Elmander, Burak

Were it not for Galatasaray's dismal away record in the Champions League then punters would be queuing up to tick an away win on their betting slips ahead of Wednesday night's game.

The Turkish giant needs only to match Cluj's result against Manchester United to seal its place in the knockout phase of the competition, but just one away win in the competition in a decade - against the Romanian club on matchday four - leaves lingering doubts.

Its task should be made a little easier, however, with Braga already eliminated and likely rotate at least a few first choice players. Center back Douglao misses out through suspension, while the visitors' only notable absentee is defender Tomas Ujfalusi, who was left out of the Champions League squad as a result of a knee ligament injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz is the competition's joint top scorer with five goals. Only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Braga striker Alan have as many.
  • Burak became only the second Turkish player to score a hat trick in the Champions League with his treble on matchday 4. Tuncay Sanli was the first, with his treble against Manchester United back in 2004.
  • Fernando Muslera, Danny Nounkeu and Selcuk Inan have played every minute of Gala's Champions League campaign.
  • Felipe Melo (pictured, right) was sent off on Friday in Galatasaray's 1-1 draw with Gaziantepspor.
  • Braga lost 2-0 to Cluj on matchday one despite having 35 shots on goal - 23 of which were on target.
  • Seven Braga players - a club record - featured in Portugal's friendly against Gabon in November.
  • The Portuguese club has won just once against Turkish opposition at home - a 3-0 second-leg triumph over Sivasspor in the 2008 Intertoto Cup.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sporting Braga

Galatasaray

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sporting Braga BRA
Sporting Braga Sporting Braga
Draw
Galatasaray SK GS
Galatasaray SK Galatasaray
21%
68%

Top 3 Predictions

Sporting Braga BRA
1 - 2
Galatasaray SK GS
Sporting Braga BRA
0 - 2
Galatasaray SK GS
Sporting Braga BRA
0 - 1
Galatasaray SK GS

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