Barcelona failed to squeeze through Galatasaray’s defence in the 1.8 Lec final in the first leg at Camp Nou (0-0), nevertheless before the trip to Istanbul is not the worst outcome if judged by the tournament, especially in Catalonia the Turks have closed, and at the noisy Ali Sami Yen this option will not be accepted, so Xavi and his charges are still big favourites to face them. In the Championship, after taking out Athletic 4-0 and a 2-1 away win over Elche at the end, the Blues are finally in the Champions League zone – but there’s no letting up in the momentum.
The Red-Blacks are considered mid-table in the Primera and sit 11th, but the visitors can’t boast any prospects other than not being relegated. On Matchday One, top-seeded Villarreal FC were beaten 1-0 at home to Osasuna, but they have been quiet on the road recently and won’t look too hot in Catalonia. A pragmatic style of play will allow them to lose small and close, but no more than that.
Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet review. In the first round in Osasuna it was a battling 2-2 draw, while at home Barcelona should still take theirs. Xavi is gradually improving his game and the team’s results are becoming more stable, the sickbay is becoming emptier, the depth of the squad is increasing, so the Catalans can afford to play comfortably on 2 fronts. I think that, as with Galatasaray, the Blue Granatay will be hampered by the visitors’ defensive build, but this time the base will play from the opening minutes, so a win for the favourites through neither here looks like against a pragmatic opponent.