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Galatasaray v Schalke: Germans to claim useful score draw in Turkey

| 20.02.2013

Schalke travel to Galatasaray in tremendous Champions League form, having managed to avoid defeat in each of their six European group games to finish top of Group B.

And they are 11/5 to extend that run with a win in Turkey, after previous triumphs away to Arsenal and Olympiakos this season.

They face a tough task in the form of their 5/4 hosts though, whose last European outing in Istanbul saw them conquer Manchester United.

As impressive as that feat was though, it did come against an already-qualified and weakened United team, and so there could be little to choose between the sides here.

Ladbrokes go 23/10 that a stalemate ensues and that has some appeal, but the score draw may prove a better option at 3/1.

Jan Keller’s travellers have found the net in each of their European matches this term, whilst Gala have registered in all of their domestic league games at Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi.

Punters simply wishing to back both teams to score in the match can have 8/11 odds about that outcome, whilst the match result can be bet on in company with the number of goals.

Three or more strikes occurred in half of Schalke’s group stage games this term, which may tempt some punters to study the 11/1 odds regarding a draw featuring over 2.5 goals.

Those considering a bet on such a market may be better advised to entertain correct score markets however, in light of the greater 14/1 odds applicable to a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, the respective strikers for either side are sure to prove popular goalscorer bets in this match.

Didier Drogba is eligible to line up for the hosts, and is 5/1 to open the scoring in Istanbul, and an 11/8 call to notch at any time.

For the visitors, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is slightly longer at 6/1 to break the deadlock, whilst he can be backed to breach the Turkish side anytime in the 90 minutes at 7/4.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee