Galatasaray had very few opportunities to score in the first leg and it squandered all of them, while conceding three goals on Santiago Bernabeu. They are now pit against crushing odds as they need to win by more than three goals without conceding one against Real Madrid.
Match: Galatasaray vs Real Madrid
Bet: Galatasaray 1X
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.39
In Spain, the Turkish team was toothless and Fatih Terim’s tactic proved to be wrong, as his team was unable to defend for 90 min. Scoring a goal away from home would’ve greatly improved their chances to qualify, but right now nothing short of a miracle would save the hosts. If Galatasaray is famous for something, then this has to be its fighting spirit and every single player will do everything it takes to win, if not for an elusive qualification, then at least for the dedicated fans.
Istanbul will be swarming with Galatasaray supporters hoping for another victory at home over the Spanish Giants, and the fans would settle for a victory even if it won’t bring qualification. Terim has nothing to lose right now and he has every reason to field an offensive team with Drogba and Yilmaz upfront. The Turks used the same starting formation in Madrid, but the gap separating their lines was simply too wide for the two strikers to be provided with playable balls. This time the host will need to advance with all of their lines even if this means exposing themselves to dangerous counterattacks.
Failing to qualify to the semifinals won’t be regarded as a major failure for Galatasaray but the fans won’t accept a scenario in which their team doesn’t score a single goal in two legs. Pinnacle Sports offers odds of 2.39 for the hosts not to lose, which makes this type of bet and bookmaker an obvious choice for punters.