Galatasaray vs Schalke
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Turk Telekom Stadyumu (Istanbul).
Schalke earned a highly important 0-1 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow away at RZD Arena in the previous round to move lock on points with Porto at the top of the Group D standings coming into this third round fixture against Galatasaray.
It was the American attacking midfielder Weston McKennie who made the difference just two minutes from time However, the Miners won’t enter the mid-week Champions League tie in the highest of spirits after falling 0-2 at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday evening. The loss saw them return to the old habits after winning two on the bounce in Bundesliga as Domenico Tedesco’s men fell down to the 15th in the league ladder.
Galatasaray vs Schalke: Head-to-head
This will be the third head to head encounter between Galatasaray and Schalke.
Cimbom advanced from their last 16 round tie in the same competition five years ago.
Galatasaray won 4-3 on aggregate thanks to a 2-3 victory in the first leg at VELTINSS-ARENA.
Galatasaray vs Schalke: Prediction
The team led by Fatih Terim started the Champions League adventure in a dream fashion, beating Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 at home in the first round. However, they could not hold on in the second round when they fell 1-0 to Porto away at Dragao.
Galata sit at the very top of the Super Lig standings with 19 points from 9 games in domestic affairs, but they offered a lame display in a 1-1 draw to Bursaspor on Friday evening at Turk Telekom Stadyumu.
Terim’s men are struggling with the efficiency in the final third these days. They found the net only three times in last five outings in all competitions. Given they will be playing a defensive-minded (in this season) Schalke, the Under 2.5 goals FT has to be the number one betting option here.
As for the outcome, we’d pick the draw as the most likable of three, set at the odds of 3.30.
Galatasaray vs Schalke: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11)
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10).