Galatasaray vs Lokomotiv Moscow Predictions and Match Preview

Galatasaray vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: Turk Telekom Stadyumu (Istanbul).

Galatasaray have outclassed Kasimpasa 4-1 in front of the home crowd on Friday and come into their Champions League clash against Lokomotiv Moscow in great shape, especially in the final third – surely hoping to build on a rock-solid start in Super Lig and bag their first points in Group D at Turk Telekom Stadyumu.

Cimbom have been regularly netting numbers of goals in front of the home crowd and we now see them topping the table in Turkey, as Fatih Terim enjoys an attacking approach primarily led by Eren Derdiyok. They’ve earned four wins in last five games despite a disappointing start with a Super Cup loss to Akhisarspor and we do feel they’re very confident.

Lokomotiv travel to Istanbul amid quite an unpredictable spell of form, where they sit in the Premier League mid-table after seven games played. They’ve seen a narrow 2-1 loss on their trip to Krasnodar and just a 1-1 draw in a home clash against Dinamo Moscow in their last two outings, as they obviously struggled to make up for the slip-ups at the back.

Galatasaray vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Head-to-head

  • This will be the sides first head-to-head clash in almost 16 years.
  • They have met twice in Champions League and we have seen them bag one win each in 2002/03.
  • Lokomotiv have snatched a 1-2 trip on their only trip to this ground, now hoping for another such quest.

Galatasaray vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Prediction

However, we do see Galatasaray in better shape at this point and they should be able to outgun the rivals, as we go for a Home win here at very good-looking 1.91.

The visitors will be no easy side to outclass but they have struggled at the back and this could prove costly in Istanbul as well.

We believe Cimbom will have to outgun the rivals to secure the points but we’ve seen them regularly doing so. We will now back them to another such contest and we’ll also back Over 2.5 goals FT at 2.10, which would be fifth such occasion in six outings for Fatih Terim’s men.

Galatasaray vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Bet Tips

  • Home win @ 10/11 (1.91)
  • Over 2.5 goals FT @ 11/10 (2.10).