Spanish giants Real Madrid will be visiting Turkish club Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena on Tuesday April 9 in the second leg of their European Champions League quarterfinal showdown. Madrid is definitely in the driver’s seat after winning the first leg 3-0 at home at the Bernebeau. Manager Jose Mourinho knows his team still has a tough task ahead of them though since playing in Istanbul can put a lot of players off of their games.
If Madrid wins or draws this game by any score then they’ll advance to the semifinal stage of the tournament. However, if they lose 3-0 it means the game will have to go to extra time. If they lose by three goals by any other score they will also advance. They will have to lose by four or more for Galatasaray to make it to the final four.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the man to watch as usual as he has now scored a total of nine goals in this season’s event in nine matches. He’s got a great cast supporting him as well such as Mesut Ozil, Luka, Modric, Karim Benzema, Pepe, and Kaka. Galatasaray is hoping that former Chelsea star Didier Drogba will be able to find the back of the net and have a better game than he did last week. The same can be said for Dutch midfield star Wesley Sneijder as well as leading scorer Burak Yilmaz. However, Yilmaz who is just one goal behind Ronaldo with eight in the Champions League this season, is out of the game with a suspension.
Mourinho might have his team try to sit on their 3-0 lead, but that would likely be a mistake. If the Spanish side can manage to score first it would mean Galatasaray will have to score five goals to come out of it with a 5-1 win. Madrid has made it to the semifinal stage in the European Cup for a record 24 straight times and are a good bet to extend that record to 25.
Madrid has four wins and a draw in their past five matches overall while Galatasaray has four wins and a loss. Madrid beat Levante 5-1 at home on Saturday while Galatasaray beat Mersin Idman Yurdu 3-1at home. Madrid has scored 21 goals in the Champions League tournament this season, which is the most by any team. These teams have each won twice against each other in their past four head-to-head meetings.
Galatasaray will also have to play without centre-back Dany Nounkeu as he’s suspended as well. However, Selcuk Inan and Albert Riera are aback after missing Saturday’s game with suspensions. Real Madrid will be without Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos as they’re also banned from the game due to yellow cards. Galatasaray has lost just twice in their past 13 matches at home in Europe, but have won only once there this season. They’ve won five, drawn two and lost five at home when playing Spanish teams. They’ve scored just 11 goals in the tournament this season, which is the lowest of the last eight teams and allowed 12 against, which is the most.
Madrid has won 10 and drawn two in their last dozen games and even though they might not earn all three points here, they should certainly do enough to advance.
Bet365 has the latest odds of a Real Madrid win at 8/11 with a Galatasaray victory at 19/5 and a draw at 13/5