On Thursday night (8:00pm UK) at Camp Nou, in-form Barcelona kick off their Round of 16 Europa League tie against struggling Turkish giants Galatasaray.
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Where to watch Barcelona vs Galatasaray on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 3, BT Sport Extra
- US: Paramount+, Univision NOW
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score 2 or more goals @ 11/4 with Betfair
- Barcelona to win & BTTS @ 19/10 with William Hill
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After a brutal start to the season, Barcelona have righted the ship under the guidance of Xavi Hernandez, and now seemingly refuse to lose. Though far from a perfect side, Barça are once again capable of controlling a game and create chances in bunches. This is terrible news for Galatasaray.
Barcelona team news
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That Barcelona started the season not just in disarray but a full-blown crisis, is starting to fade from memory. A large part of that, of course, is the tactical and attitudinal change that accompanied the appointment of club legend Xavi Hernandez as manager. At the time of Xavi’s appointment, Barça was trending toward mid-table and in the midst of an unceremonious ouster from the Champions League, neither able to control games nor consistently create chances.
These days, Barça are back to playing beautiful, attacking football, controlling the flow of the action, and winning just about every game they play. They’ve won four straight and six of eight in all competitions, and have not lost a match inside 90 minutes since their Champions League group finale against Bayern. In early December.
At that time, when they dropped down into the Europa League, they seemed more likely to have to endure another embarrassing elimination than to play for the trophy. Though there’s still a ways to go, in light of their 4-2 hammering of Napoli at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona two weeks ago in the away fixture of their Round of 32 Europa League tie and the outstanding league form that vaulted them back into La Liga’s top three, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger favorite in this tournament.
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Making matters ever worse for Galatasaray is the fact, other than long-term absentees Ansu Fati and Sergio Roberto, the Blaugrana come into this contest at full strength and brimming with confidence. This is especially the case up front, where January arrivals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Adama Traore, along with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong are keeping opposing defenses under near-constant pressure.
Barcelona predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Pique, Araujo, Alba; Pedri, De Jong, Busquets; Aubameyang, Dembele, Torres
Galatasaray team news
Galatasaray, meanwhile, are suffering through one of the worst league seasons in their history, and are particularly vulnerable along the back line. That a problem against any quality team. Against a reloaded and rejuvenated Barcelona side that’s chasing a major trophy and generally working to regain its place at the top, both domestically and in Europe, it’s the stuff of nightmares.
Galatasaray do come into this game having won two of three in the league, but it’s worth noting they did so against two of the Super Lig’s bottom four. However, these are the only two matches in the past ten that Gala have won (they’ve also won just once in nine away matches) in all competitions.
Making matter much, much worse is the fact that Galatasaray have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three and eight of their last eleven, and have not kept a clean sheet since Christmas Day. Unsurprisingly – seriously, if know the history between man and club – this has led to the departure (for a fourth time since 2000!) of club legend Fatih Terim, with Spanish manager Domenec Torrent taking his place. Regardless, this side is facing a monumental challenge – and there’s little to suggest they’re going to overcome it.
Galatasaray predicted XI: Pena, Boey, Marcao, Nelsson, van Aanholt, Pulgar, Kutlu, Kilinc, Akturkoglu, Cicaldau, Babel
Europa League 2021/22 recent form:
- Barcelona: DW (previously in the Champions League)
- Galatasaray: DWDWD
Scoreline prediction: Barcelona 4-1 Galatasaray