Barcelona will take on Galatasaray Istanbul at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening, March 10, in the first leg of the Europa League 1/8 final. The Catalans will take on their rivals in front of their fans. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet france application.
Xavi’s side have made considerable progress since taking charge, moving up into the bottom three with a total of 48 points after 26 games played. There have been 48 goals scored and 29 conceded. The Catalans strengthened well in the winter transfer window, signing Ferran Torres, Adam Traore, Pierre Aubameyang (5 goals in 4 games) and Dani Alves, and these players are already helping the club. The Blues beat a resilient side from Elche 1-2 away last weekend, before they thrashed Athletic Bilbao 4-0.
Several players have returned to action after sustaining injuries (Depay, Langlais, Pique). Only defenders Sergio Roberto and Samuel Umtiti and young forward Ansou Fathi are in the sideline. Gavi will also miss the match due to card misconduct. The Catalans beat Napoli 1-1 at home and 2-4 away in the last round of the Europa League.
The Red-Yellows are frankly at the bottom of the table, twelfth in the Turkish table and 12 points adrift of the Europa League places. In 28 games they have scored 35 points, scored 37 goals and conceded 41. The team failed all of January, suffering five defeats in a row. That was the final straw for the club’s management when they sacked the experienced Fatih Terim and replaced him with the Spaniard Domenech Torren. They then drew and won twice, but lost again last weekend, falling to Konyaspor 2-0.
All the more surprising was their performance in the Europa League this autumn, with the Turks top of a quartet with Lazio, Marseille and Lokomotiv and going straight into the 1/8 finals. Algerian forward Sofiane Feghouli, defender Caan Arslan and midfielder Arda Turan are all out injured.
The teams for the last time met each other in the 2002/03 Champions League group stage and the Catalans were stronger both times (3-1 and 0-2).
Barcelona vs Galatasaray
There’s no reason to expect any sensation in this encounter. If the hosts finally found the thread of the game and began to please the fans with victories, the guests are in a crisis, the way out of which is not visible yet. We think the Catalans can make a big contribution before the return leg in Istanbul. Our forecast is for an individual Barça total over 2.5.