One day after their archrivals face PSG in France, Real Madrid can secure its passing to the semifinals by winning the home game against Galatasaray. The Turkish club has turned around an average season and are en route to winning the domestic championship while aiming for a historic performance in the Champions League.
Match: Real Madrid vs Galatasaray
Bet: Under 3.5
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.11
Real Madrid chose to rest some essential players in the last domestic game against Zaragoza, but this is hardly an excuse for drawing 1-1. Their depleted opponents kept them in the ropes throughout the game and led the entire match, despite playing without seven regular starters. Mourinho is a pragmatic coach who doesn’t expose his players to unnecessary injuries, but he’s under a lot of pressure to deliver something concrete this season. With the Primera Division title out of his reach, he needs to win both the Copa del Rey in the champions league if he is to repeat himself in the eyes of fans and management.
The Turkish side will play the same defensive football that it did during the group stage and hope that their defenses will resist for 90 min. The best case scenario is for the visitors to get lucky and score a goal on the counterattack, but as long as they don’t lose by two goals or more, Galatasaray would proclaim the result a triumph. The two teams have met four times so far and each of them won twice, so this fixture is not as lopsided as the bookmakers want us to believe.
Despite their recent struggles, Real Madrid remains the obvious favorite to win the first leg but this will not be the scoring festival that many expect. Odds of 2.11 with Pinnacle Sports for less than 3.5 goals to be scored are simply terrific and represent the best choice for punters interested in turning up the heat on this game.