On Wednesday, the matches of the fifth round of the Champions League continue, and this time we have analyzed the encounter between Galatasaray and Manchester United. Before this round, the Turkish representative is in third place in the table, with the same number of points as second-placed Copenhagen, but also with one more point than Manchester United, which, to put it mildly, has not distinguished itself in the course of the Champions League so far. If they lose in Istanbul, it’s very likely that we won’t see the English giant in the knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition. The match between these two teams is scheduled to start at 18:45.
Galatasaray: The draw in the first round against Copenhagen could prove costly for Galatasaray!
Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish club, having won the national championship title 23 times, most recently last season, when the Istanbul team finished with an eight-point lead over second-placed Fenerbahçe. In addition to their 23 Turkish championship titles, Galatasaray has won the Turkish Cup 18 times and the Turkish Super Cup 16 times. Among their European successes, the most notable is winning the UEFA Cup in 2000, as well as the European Super Cup in the same year, triumphing over the favored Real Madrid. That was a brilliant generation, which included the current coach Okan Buruk, along with players like Hagi, Jardel, Taffarel, and Popescu, under the legendary coach Mircea Lucescu. Apart from the two international trophies, the club’s 1989 Champions League semi-final appearance, where they were narrowly defeated by Romania’s Steaua Bucharest, is also noteworthy.
In the summer transfer window, the club made some impressive signings, notably acquiring Icardi and bringing in players like Ziyech, Zaha, and Angelino, making Galatasaray a strong favorite to win the Turkish championship again. However, as things stand, the Istanbul club is currently tied for first place in the table with the same number of points as Fenerbahçe, indicating an extremely exciting race for the Turkish championship title.
In the last round of the championship, Mauro Icardi and his teammates easily defeated Alanyaspor at home with a score of 4:0, a great prelude to their Champions League match against Manchester United. In their last five league matches, the Turkish giant achieved four victories and one loss, which occurred away against Hatayspor with a score of 2:1. At home, Galatasaray has won all six of their league matches played, while in the Champions League, they have drawn once and lost once in two matches.
Regarding Europe’s premier club competition, it’s worth noting that the Istanbul club is currently tied for second place in the table with four points, the same as Copenhagen, while the team from Old Trafford has one point less. This means that a victory against the English giant could widely open the doors to the round of 16 for Galatasaray, especially considering that Copenhagen is visiting Bayern Munich this round, and anything other than a loss for the Danish representative would be a real sensation.
In the last round of the Champions League, Okan Buruk’s men were defeated away by Bayern Munich, but the team did not disgrace themselves in the two-legged match against the six-time European champions. Finally, for this crucial match regarding their progression to the next phase, Galatasaray’s coach will only be without Sanchez.
Manchester United: A Do-or-Die Match for the Former European Champion!
There’s not much need to elaborate on Manchester United, as it is one of the most trophy-laden European clubs. However, the club has been in a significant crisis since the legendary Alex Ferguson left the managerial position a few years ago. To be fair, last season wasn’t too bad for the Old Trafford team, as they achieved their primary goal of qualifying for the Champions League, earning interim coach Erik Ten Hag a passing grade.
At the start of the season, the club had ambitions of contending for the English Premier League title, but it’s questionable how realistic this is at the moment, even though appetites have been whetted again after three consecutive victories in England’s top football tier. Currently, Manchester United is in sixth place in the table, six points behind the leader, Arsenal.
Ten Hag’s team didn’t start this year’s Premier League campaign in the best possible way. However, United’s performances in the last three matches can’t be faulted, even though it must be acknowledged that the English giants had a relatively easy schedule. It all started with a victory at Fulham (0:1), who are not playing nearly as well as they did last season. Fernandes scored the winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.
After that, the Old Trafford team managed to narrowly defeat Luton at home, with Lindelof becoming the hero this time. Finally, in the last round, Manchester United perhaps played their best game of the season, winning a tough away match at Everton with a score of 0:3, marked by a spectacular goal from Garnacho.
Unfortunately, United has not been impressive in the Champions League, as after four rounds, the former European champion, against all expectations, finds itself at the bottom of the table with just three points, one less than Copenhagen and Galatasaray, who are tied for second place. In four matches, the English representative has achieved only one victory and suffered three defeats, starting with a loss in the first round away at Bayern Munich (4:3).
Following that, Ten Hag’s men were defeated at home by Galatasaray (2:3). In the third round, we finally saw Manchester United’s first victory in this year’s edition of the elite competition, defeating Copenhagen 1:0, although the guests missed a penalty in the final moments of the match. Lastly, in the previous round, the same opponent defeated the English giant on their turf in a fantastic match that ended with a 4:3 victory for Copenhagen, leading to the conclusion that United has conceded a total of eleven goals so far, which is certainly too many.
Finally, the visiting team’s coach faces significant personnel problems ahead of this duel, as he will be without Casemiro, Eriksen, Malacia, Martinez, Mount, Rashford, Sancho, Evans, and Diallo, while Antony’s participation is doubtful.
Our Betting Suggestions
Although Manchester United has recently strung together several quite good performances in the English league, we believe that the team led by Ten Hag doesn’t stand much of a chance in one of the toughest away games in Europe. Moreover, they are facing a highly motivated opponent, who has already inflicted a defeat at Old Trafford. Therefore, we boldly recommend you to bet on a home win (fr 1), which the Mozzartbet bookmaker is offering at odds of 2.80.