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Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Barcelona will continue their journey in the Europa League on Thursday when they host Galatasaray at 8pm (UK time).

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Betting Tips

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Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Predictions

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 23/18
Correct score Barcelona 3-1 Galatasaray 25/2
First Goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 27/11

Relegation to the Europa League may have been a source of humiliation for Barcelona when they finished third in their Champions League group in December, but the Blaugrana will be pushing to join an exclusive group. The Europa League is the only trophy Barcelona need to join Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United as just the sixth team to win all of UEFA’s three main club competitions.

Barcelona’s first foray into the second-tiered tournament since 2003/04 got off to a positive start, as they beat Napoli 5-3 over two legs in the knockout play-off round, including an impressive 4-2 victory away from home. Xavi’s side are now unbeaten in eight games across all competitions, winning six, and have taken control of the fight to finish in La Liga’s top four recovering from their disastrous start to the season.

Domestically it has been a poor season for Galatasaray, but the Turkish giants have found solace in the Europa League. Expected to challenge for and potential win the title at the start of the season, Galatasaray – who only missed out on the title last year on goal difference – are currently 12th and closer to the relegation zone than they are the European places.

But in the Europa League they remain unbeaten and topped a fairly difficult group. Galatasaray were placed in Group E alongside similarly-ranked Lazio, Marseille and Lokomotiv Moscow but won three and drew three of their six games, beating each team once.

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Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Match Stats

We all know about Mr Champions League, but what about Mr Europa League? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is someone who could be in contention for the title, enjoying himself when he does play in the competition. The former Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal striker has scored 23 goals in 45 appearances in the Europa League, with only three players managing more.

The Nou Camp is a pretty solid fortress when it comes to knockout football in Europe. Barcelona have lost just two of their last 35 home matches in the knockout rounds of major European competitions, winning 25 and drawing eight. Only Bayern Munich (2012/13) and Paris Saint-Germain (2020/21) have managed to get the better of them in that time.

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Galatasaray

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Odds

Barcelona vs Galatasaray: Head to Head

13 November 2002 – Barcelona 3-1 Galatasaray – Champions League

24 September 2002 – Galatasaray 0-2 Barcelona – Champions League

19 March 2002 – Galatasaray 0-1 Barcelona – Champions League

5 December 2001 – Barcelona 2-2 Galatasaray – Champions League

23 November 1994 – Galatasaray 2-1 Barcelona – Champions League

Barcelona and Galatasaray have met each other eight times but this will be the first game outside the Champions League. The Spanish side have dominated this fixture so far with five wins, two draws and just one defeat, coming in November 1994.


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