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Galatasaray v Man United
We kick off this Wednesday evening with the early kick-off in the Champions League, Galatasaray v Man United, but that’s just the beginning of our coverage this midweek. As per usual, we have a variety of Champions League bet builders alongside our 3/1 Champions League accumulator too, so there is plenty to get stuck into on Andy’s Bet Club.
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It is now crunch time for Man United with just two games to go in Group A. The Red Devils sit plum last in the group, and now face one of the trickiest away days in Europe, at Galatasaray’s ferocious RAMS Park.
A Galatasaray win would eliminate United, as they could only go level on points with Galatasaray after the final round of fixtures, and with the head-to-head record being the tiebreaker, the Turkish side will finish above United having beaten them twice.
The picture is clear-cut then, United need to win this game, while the hosts can afford to draw, but know a win would give them some much-needed breathing room ahead of a Copenhagen side who pushed Bayern close at home and may benefit from heavy rotation and pick up some unexpected points now that the German champions have top spot secured.
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⚽ Goals stats: Goals galore so far and it looks set to continue
Manchester United’s Champions League games have been high-scoring affairs so far, with the exception of their hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Copenhagen.
Their first game saw seven goals, their second five, and the last game against Copenhagen saw another seven goals. It must be considered that the latter two games were affected by red cards, particularly the 4-3 defeat in Copenhagen, but United’s makeshift defence are always liable to concede goals.
Galatasaray have not quite hit those heights in terms of sheer number of goals, but they have had at least three goals in all four games so far, registering four against Copenhagen, five against United and then four and three in their two games against Bayern Munich.
For the hosts, both teams to score has landed in all four Champions League group stage games so far, whilst for United it has landed in three of four. With both sides needing a result, this should be an end-to-end affair, especially if one side takes the lead early.
⚽ Both teams to score @ 1.45
⚽ Over 2.5 goals @ 1.57
🎯 Shooting stats: Zaha to do the business and McTominay to continue shooting form?
Sometimes the obvious picks can still be worth backing, and Mauro Icardi looks to offer fantastic value in the shots market.
The Argentine striker has failed to get a shot on target just once in 19 starts for Galatasaray this season, that being in their 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in which he had seven shots. He has, however, notched a shot on target in the remaining three Champions League ties and racked up two against United at Old Trafford. He is also on penalties, so if one is awarded, this pick should sail in.
For those looking for longer odds, former United man Wilfried Zaha might be a smart choice, the Ivorian has managed a shot on target in six of his 11 starts this season. In a game United need to win, space should be left in behind for Zaha to exploit with his pace, which should open up shooting opportunities.
It is also worth bearing in mind that after a tumultuous spell at Old Trafford, scoring a goal to knock his former side out of the Champions League would surely be something he would enjoy. This should make him more likely to take shots on instead of squaring it to a team-mate.
Those looking for a longshot could do worse than looking at Scott McTominay for a shot on target. The Scotsman has had at least one shot on target in four of his last eight starts for United but sits as high as 3.20 to have one.
He also offers value in the shots market, having taken at least one shot in all of his last eight starts for his club. He has had two or more shots in four of those eight games, yet McTominay to have 2+ shots is still as big as 2.50.
🎯 Mauro Icardi to have 1+ shot on target @ 1.36
🎯 Wilfried Zaha to have 1+ shot on target @ 1.91
🚀 Scott McTominay to have 1+ shots @ 1.25
🚀 Scott McTominay to have 2+ shots @ 2.50
🎯 Scott McTominay to have 1+ shot on target @ 3.20
🛑 Fouls stats: Usual suspects in the fouls department
Having committed a foul in every single one of his last nine appearances for the club, you would expect Bruno Fernandes to be extremely short to commit a foul, but at 1.44, he should be in every Galatasaray v Man United bet builder.
Fiery at the best of times, when backs are against the wall Fernandes’ energy often comes out in aggression, flying into challenges to try and win the ball back and get his side going. He can also be provoked in high-pressure games, so backing him to commit at least one foul in a game that is likely to be at least a little heated looks like a no-brainer, especially at this price.
Harry Maguire looks to be another solid option, committing 1.27 fouls per game, the third-highest of the predicted starting XI. The Englishman has committed at least one foul in four of his last five United starts, including three against Copenhagen last time out in the Champions League.
With United needing to win, Galatasaray will be looking to hit United on the break, and with pace up front, Maguire could well struggle. Having committed at least a foul in eight of his 10 starts this season, 1.40 to commit a foul here looks generous and is well worth adding to your bet builder.
For the hosts, Sacha Boey also looks to offer great value. The young French right back has committed a foul in 10 of his last 12 starts for Galatasaray, stretching out to two or more fouls in a single game five times.
He will be tasked with keeping United’s Alejandro Garnacho quiet, no easy task when he averages 3.21 fouls won per 90. Garnacho has only failed to draw a foul in one of his eight starts this season and has won two or more fouls in five of those eight. It is likely to be a long evening for Boey, and backing both him to commit fouls and Garnacho to win them could see two selections of your bet builder land simultaneously.
🛑 Harry Maguire to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.40
🛑 Bruno Fernandes to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.44
🛑 Sacha Boey to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.20
🛑 Sacha Boey to commit 2+ fouls @ 2.00
🩹 Alejandro Garnacho to win 2+ fouls @ 1.33
🟨 Cards stats: Set to be a feisty affair in Istanbul
Galatasaray have seen high card numbers in all four of their games in Group A to date. The Turkish side have had two or more bookings in all four games so far, whilst their opponents have seen three or more in three of their four games, and both United and Copenhagen have had a man sent off when facing them.
United meanwhile have seen two or more cards in three of their four fixtures so far, the one exception being their away fixture with Bayern Munich. Galatasaray received four bookings in the reverse fixture, and with so much on the line here, more cards here seems very likely.
The cards battle was tied last time, with United’s three bookings and a red card matching Galatasaray’s four bookings. Backing the Turkish giants to keep up their streak of minimum two cards at 1.33 looks like a very reasonable option, but those seeking more should think about over 2.5 at odds of 2.20.
Though they have hit this line just once, it was against United that they did so, and if United can get in front, the atmosphere could begin to turn, potentially kicking what was already likely to be a heated game into overdrive.
The referee for this one also makes cards bets appeal with Spaniard Jose Maria Sanchez appointed to officiate. Sanchez has averaged 5.64 cards per game so far this season and has dished out five cards in both of his Champions League appointments this season. Backing him to do so for a third Champions League tie in a row at evens could be a nice option to boost your odds.
🟨 Over 1.5 Galatasaray cards @ 1.33
🟨 Over 2.5 Galatasaray cards @ 2.20
🟨 Over 4.5 match cards @ 2.00
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* All odds displayed correct at the time of publishing.
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