Real Madrid vs Galatasaray: 5 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of UCL Clash

Real Madrid host Galatasaray on matchday four of the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Los Blancos ​have made a shaky start to their qualification campaign and are currently five points adrift of Group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain – making this a must-win game for Zinedine Zidane’s side. 


Starting Real Madrid Lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde; Rodrygo, Benzema, Hazard.


In the reverse of this fixture, Real squeezed past Galatasaray 1-0, which will give Cimbom hope that a positive result against the Spanish giants is possible. 

Do the stats suggest that an upset is on the cards? Let’s find out, courtesy of a few stats from Opta.


Odds in Real’s Favour

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Wednesday will mark the eighth time the two teams have faced off in the Champions League, Real dominating the previous seven meetings on the whole.

Los Blancos have triumphed on five occasions to Galatasaray’s two and the damning stats do not end there for Cimbom.

Fatih Terim’s side have lost all three of their away UEFA Champions League matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu, scoring just once and conceding ten goals. 

History is certainly not on Terim’s side. But at least there’s never been a draw, so we should see at least one goal…right?


The Only Way Is Up? 

Casemiro

​Real are on a woeful run in the Champions League of late and have not won at home in the competition in their last three games at Santiago Bernabeu.

If they fail to dispatch Galatasaray on Wednesday it will be the first time in the club’s history that they have failed to win four games on the spin in the UCL. The pressure’s on then, Zinedine. 


Lots of Shots But Not Very Hot

Karim Benzema

​Despite their patchy form, only Bayern Munich (70) have attempted more shots than Real Madrid (63) in the Champions League so far. 

In the reverse of this fixture, Los Blancos fired off 26 strikes against Galatasaray but only scored one goal. That’s pretty shoddy finishing, isn’t it? Sort it out lads. 


Galatasaray’s Shooting Is Equally Bad

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​Real aren’t the only side who are struggling to finish their chances in the Champions League this season. 

Galatasaray have failed to score in their last five away Champions League games despite having 45 shots on goal. Perhaps not all that surprising for a team that has ​Brighton reject Florin Andone leading the line.


Kroos Is Key

Toni Kroos

​Whatever happens on Wednesday, it’s likely that Real’s talisman ​Toni Kroos will play a key role. 

The German bagged Los Blancos’ winning goal against Galatasaray in their last Champions League game and has been directly involved in exactly half of their last ten group stage goals in the competition (two goals, three assists). 


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