It’s a winner takes all clash between Galatasaray and Juventus at the Türk Telekom Arena as both bid to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Take a look at our previews for all the action in Group B on Matchday Six:
Two-time European Cup winners and current Serie A table-toppers Juventus only realistically need to draw to guarantee their progression to the knock-out stage.
And given that hosts Galatasaray are languishing behind arch-rivals Fenerbache and relative minnows Kasimpasa in their domestic league, you could be forgiven for thinking ‘what can go wrong?’
But there is hope for the Turkish giants. Salvaging a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture was commendable and if Didier Drogba, a scorer in that game, can fire on all cylinders then an upset could be on the cards.
Juventus have only notched two victories in their last seven away games in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donestk and Celtic respectively.
More recently, draws in Copenhagen and at Nordsjaelland are uninspiring results that were secured in far less hostile environments than the one they’re likely to encounter at the Turk Telekom Arena with Gala’s 2-0 home victory over the Italians in 2003 another source of inspiration.
Copenhagen may still have a chance at earning a place in the Europa League but they face a very difficult task against Real Madrid.
Los Blancos have qualified for the next stage as group winners but manager Carlo Ancelotti has already revealed Ballon d’Or contender Cristiano Ronaldo will take some part in this fixture after his return from injury.
But with the extent of the Portuguese forward’s involvement not known, it might be worth looking at elsewhere in the goalscorer markets for a winner.
Karim Benzema is likely to be rested by Ancelotti allowing Alvaro Morata, who is a reported target for Premier League leaders Arsenal, the chance to impress.
So back the 21-year-old , who has scored 11 goals in 12 appearances for Spain’s under-21 side, to score at anytime at odds of 11/8 with Ladbrokes.
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