Sports Innovation previews the Europa League match between Barcelona and Galatasaray and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Galatasaray challenge Barcelona at Camp Nou on Thursday in the first leg of their last-16 meeting in the Europa League.
Barcelona are under pressure to perform after a sub-par campaign in Europe so far. Xavi’s side got knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages, but overcame Napoli in the Europa League knockout playoffs to qualify for the last-16.
In contrast, with three wins and 12 points in their last six matches in the Europa League group stages, Galatasaray have proven themselves a tough unit. They came through undefeated and will do their utmost to stay unbeaten at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Galatasaray stats and analysis
Barcelona enter into their next Europa League match, averaging a highly respectable 2.2 goals per game in their last 9 matches in the competition. They scored a moderate total of 22 goals, while also conceding 6 goals. That amounts to an average of 0.6 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 5 times.
Galatasaray are currently decent goalscorers, as they managed a bearable 15 goals in the past 10 Europa League outings for an average of 1.5 goals a game. Their opponents scored a total of 8 goals, and while Galatasaray claimed 4 clean sheets, they conceded an average of 0.8 goals per match.
Facts and figures for Barcelona vs Galatasaray in Europa League.
- Barcelona have scored in the last 16 matches in a row
- In 9 of the last 11 matches Barcelona played, both teams scored
- Barcelona have not lost 12 of the last 14 matches
- Barcelona have conceded in 9 of the last 11 matches
- Barcelona have won the last 3 matches in a row
- In the last 8 matches in a row Galatasaray played, both teams scored
- Galatasaray have conceded in the last 10 matches in a row
- Galatasaray have not won 8 of the last 9 away matches
- Galatasaray have scored in 10 of the last 11 matches
- Galatasaray have not lost the last 4 matches in a row
Barcelona vs Galatasaray – Team News
Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, and Balde are out injured for Barcelona. Dani Alves is ineligible.
As for Galatasaray, Fernando Muslera returned to the bench last time out and could be in line to make his first appearance since December.
Barcelona vs Galatasaray Preview
Barcelona are enjoying their football currently with three wins on the bounce, and it began with a 2-4 win against SSC Napoli. They went on to beat Athletic Bilbao by 4-0, before also getting the better of Elche in a 1-2 victory.
Although losing their latest outing, results have generally been decent in the last three matches for Galatasaray. They first took out Goztepe by 2-3 before downing Rizespor by 4-2. The winning streak came to an end against Konyaspor, who ran out 2-0 winners.
Barcelona vs Galatasaray H2H
Barcelona won the last two meetings against Galatasaray in the Europa League, as they followed up a 3-1 win by beating their upcoming opponent by a 2-0 score.
Looking back over their last four matches in the Europa League serves to emphasize how equally paired the two teams usually are. Visitors Galatasaray failed to win any of their previous four matches, while Barcelona won three times.
Full Time betting
Bookmakers offer prices on this upcoming match, whether you like to bet accumulators or singles. Analyzing the prices with the bookmakers, Barcelona have an 88% chance of beating Galatasaray. That equals odds at 1.14 on the home side to win, while the draw is 9.00. One could also add the away win at 21.00 to a nice accumulator.
Ahead of their Europa League showdown, both Barcelona and Galatasaray will be looking for their main strikers. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team this season.