Galatasaray take on the visitors Manchester United in the round 5 match of UEFA Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, November 29th at Rams Park (Istanbul).
Galatasaray looks like a serious contender now. The "Blood and Gold" reacted optimally to their disappointment from two seasons ago, finishing fourteenth in the Super Lig. Their former player, Okan Buruk, who returned as the head coach, led them to an early title triumph in the previous season. Currently, only Fenerbahçe stands a chance of thwarting them on their path to another "gold." The team, significantly strengthened during the summer transfer window, has also returned to the Champions League. In the summer, they navigated through qualifying rounds against Žalgiris, Olympiacos, and Molde, starting the group stage strongly with a draw against Copenhagen and a victory in England. However, they faced tough battles against Bayern, losing both matches 1-3 at home and 1-2 in Munich.
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Manchester United once again confirm an unpleasant pattern for themselves: no manager after Sir Alex can show sustained success. Erik ten Hag, after a not-so-bad last season, is already among the favorites for dismissal this autumn. His team has suffered many losses in the Premier League and have been eliminated from the League Cup, which they won in the previous season. In the Champions League, Manchester United managed only a home win against Copenhagen. The Danes took revenge at home, and prior to that, there were defeats to both Germans and Turks, making it unlikely for them to reach the playoffs. If they lose again now, the third-place finish will be out of reach.
In 2012, the teams met in the same Champions League group, exchanging minimal home victories with a score of 1-0 each. Expect an entertaining game that could favor both sides. Betting on "total over 2.5 goals" seems reasonable.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.