Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Galatasaray will be looking to build on a 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow when they take on Porto at Estadio do Dragao in their second group game. The Turkish side have been producing splendid performances in all competitions this season, but Wednesday’s football match against Porto will be anything but a walk in the park for Fatih Terim’s troops. It is well known that Galatasaray are tough to beat at home, but their away record in European competitions is anything but good. The Portuguese side, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Schalke in Gelsenkirchen in their opener and they are now want to record their first win of the process. However, given Galatasaray’s fine form, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Estadio Do Dragao. The two sides have never met before in the Champions League.
Highlighted Player (Riechedly Bazoer):
Despite playing for PSV during his youth career, Riechedly Bazoer made his Eredivisie debut with Ajax. The central midfielder who was born on 12 October, 1996 in Utrecht, scored his first goal for Ajax on 15 February, 2015 in a 4-2 victory over Twente. Four days later he made his European debut with the Amsterdammers, taking part in a 1-0 win over Legia in the Europa League. Bazoer scored five goals in 29 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 season, but he failed to win the domestic trophy with Frank de Boer’s troops. Speaking of his international career, Bazoer has two caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 13 November, 2015 against Wales. It has to be noted that he came as a late substitute in the 3-2 victory over the Dragons. Back in 2012 the right-footed midfielder won the UEFA U17 European Championship with the Dutch national team.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1. The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game. In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super Cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.