Galatasaray vs Astana

Posted on 07 Dec 2015 22:48 CET | Tip viewed: 330 times

Bookmaker: Bet365 | Tipster: Loukas (Greece)

Match date: 08 Dec 2015 | Sport: Football | Competition: UEFA Champions League

Odds: 1.53 | Stake: 8/10 | Pick: 1 | Match result: 1-1 - Lost

Galatasaray is without chances to reach knockout stage of Champions league, they are at 3rd position in group C with 4 points from previous 5 rounds, six less than 2nd Benfica. They will now host Astana in final round of Champions league group stage. Galatasaray didn't impressed with their performances, so far in these qualifications they celebrated only once over Benfica at home 2:1, got one draw in duel against Astana and suffered three defeats. In Turkish Super league they are at 4th place with 6 points less than leaders Besiktas. Galatasaray is coming to this match after convincing victory in last round of their domestic league over Bursaspor at home 3:0 and that was very important victory since they ended series of 6 matches without victory and additionally boosted their morale for match against Astana. They now must try to stay undefeated at all costs and take at least one point to progress further in Europa league. Galatasaray is playing very well in their field and now must try to exploit advantage of home field and very strong support of their fans to retain at least third position and stay in Europe for the next spring. Galatasaray have lost 8 out of 10 last in Champions league but they now should be able to achieve victory or at least divide points in this match. Defender Lionel Carole and midfielder Hamit Altintop won't be able to help their team and they will miss this match due to injuries.

Astana on the other side achieved historical success by reaching Champions league group stage but they simple can't compete with strongest European teams. In their domestic league they are doing fine job to defend a title but there is a really big difference between quality in their league and European and they can be satisfied with their results since in previous five rounds they suffered only two defeats and got three draws. They still have chances to reach Europa league group stage but they must win in this match and that will be very hard, they must show really outstanding performance to take all three points here on the road against very unpleasant hosts. Astana have started qualifications for Champions league from second round and they eliminated Slovenian Maribor, Finish HJK and APOEL from Cyprus and in those qualifications they suffered only one defeat, but their European journey will probably end here. Astana for sure won't give up and will try to win their placement into Europa league knockout phase but there are really small odds for that. They have no absent players for this match.

Galatasaray must earn at least one point in this match to retain their position which leads them into Europa league knockout stage and judging by their performances at home in this campaign for sure have enough quality to achieve positive outcome, while Astana must win here in order to stay in Europe for the next spring which seems like very hard task at this moment, almost impossible, I expect home victory for this match.

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