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Galatasaray vs. Real Madrid: Galacticos remain in driving seat despite disappointing start to European campaign

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Real Madrid travel to Turkey on Tuesday night to face Galatasaray in their Champions League Group A encounter, with both sides in search of their first win of this season’s tournament.

The Turkish outfit sit level with Zinedine Zidane’s side on just point after two games, with both sides drawing with Belgian outfit Club Brugge and losing out to French Champions PSG.

The difference, however, is that the Spanish outfit have already conceded five goals in comparison to Galatasaray’s one.

Despite a slightly better start to their European campaign, the Super Lig side are 9/2 to overcome the might of Champions League heavyweights Real. And it’s 3/1 should they hold them to a draw.

The Spanish side failed to find the net in their last away Champions League fixture, and are available at 11/2 to fire another blank away from home.

They then conceded two first-half goals at home to Brugge, and it’s 25/1 for the Turkish side to get off to a similar start and take a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Galatasaray and both teams to score is available at 8/1 considering the pair have only managed two goals between them from their four group matches so far.

Those two came in Madrid’s home draw to ten-man Brugge, and Zinedine Zidane takes his side to Turkey to face a side who have failed to score a single goal in this season’s Champions League.

Fatih Terim’s men are 6/4 to once again fare poorly in front of goal and continue their goalless run, and are available at 7/5 to score just once past a side who won three successive Champions League titles just two seasons ago.

The visitors will look to their top scorer this season Karim Benzema for goals. The Frenchman is currently 15/4 to score the game’s opening goal.

Captain Sergio Ramos will also be dangerous, both from open play but mainly from set pieces. The defender is 12/1 to score first and 15/4 to score anytime.

The hosts will be looking to Real’s old nemesis Radamel Falcao for goals. He’s scored against them for fierce rivals Atletico in the past, and is available at 11/8 to find the net against them again on Tuesday night.

The pressure continues to mount on Zidane, and a positive result in Turkey may just be the only thing that will keep in him a job.

He will be relying on his senior players to step up and perform, but a stern Galatasaray side await for a side with so much successful history in the competition.

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