Barcelona welcome Galatasaray for the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash on Thursday evening. Those sides haven’t met for almost 20 years, as Blaugrana beat the Turkish giants in twice in the Champions League back in 2002.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 10 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Galatasaray: BT Sport
Last time: The last meeting between those teams dates all the way back from 2002, when Barcelona earned a 3-1 victory over Galatasaray in Istanbul. Gerard, Dani Garcie and Geovanni were on target for the Catalans, while Cihan Haspolatli scored the consolation goal for the hosts.
Barcelona v Galatasaray Predictions and Preview
After eliminating Napoli in the Europa League play-offs, Barcelona now face another European giant, as Galatasaray visit Camp Nou on Thursday for the first leg of their round of 16 clash.
Barcelona improved immensely in recent weeks and have now won four consecutive games in all competitions. Xavi’s men are unbeaten in 11 La Liga games, which allowed them to climb up to third place. At the same time, the 4-2 win in the second leg against Napoli means that Barca are yet to suffer a defeat in the competition, which makes them firm favourites for progressing.
The visitors, on the other hand, are having a disastrous campaign domestically, as they are currently sitting on 12th place in the Turkish Super Lig. Domenec Torrent replaced the legendary Fatih Terim in January, but despite Galatasaray have already lost five games since their new coach took over. Yet, the Cim-Bom are yet to suffer a defeat in the Europa League this term and are on a 10-games unbeaten streak in the competition.
Barcelona vs. Galatasaray full time result odds
The hosts will have to do without the injured Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati and Alex Balde. La Blaugrana will also be missing Gavi, who is suspended for yellow cards accumulation, while Dani Alves is not included in the Europa League list.
Meanwhile, ex-Barcelona star Arda Turan is the only notable absentee for Galatasaray, but the Turkish midfielder wasn’t expected to start anyway, which means that Cim-Bom will be at full strength for the trip to Spain.
Barcelona vs. Galatasaray over/under odds
Each of the last four games of Barcelona saw over 2.5 goals pay off and a repeat of this scenario on Thursday can be backed up at 4/9. Three of those games even saw over 3.5 and you can back that up at 11/10, while you can also pair this with BTTS for combined odds of 37/10.
Barcelona vs. Galatasaray correct score odds
Barcelona is currently on a four games winning streak, including a 4-2 win over Napoli in their last European game. Galatasaray, on the other hand, might be struggling in the Turkish Super Lig, but Domenec Torrent’s men are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the Europa League. Despite this, we are going with a 3-1 victory for Barcelona, who have improved immensly in recent weeks, at 11/1.
Barcelona vs. Galatasaray first goalscorer odds
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already has five goals in seven Barcelona appearances in all competitions since moving from Arsenal in January. One of those strikes came in the win against Napoli at San Paolo in their last Europa League game, so Aubameyang will be eager to build on that and is 163/5 to net first in a 3-1 victory for the hosts in these Barcelona vs. Galatasaray tips.