Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Tuesday’s football game at Turk Telekom Stadyumu pits together Galatasaray and Porto. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Schalke Porto clinched top position in Group D, whilst Galatasaray are determined to advance to the Europa League knockout stages. The Turks produce much better displays at home than on the travels and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win game for Gala, home win should be considered. The Portuguese Dragons head into the match with the lack of motivation and seeing that coach Sergio Conceicao is likely to mix the squad, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Istanbul. You should bear in mind that Galatasaray are undefeated in previous four home games in the elite competition. A man to watch in the home side will be Swiss attacker Derdiyok, who has netted 5 goals in the Turkish Super Lig so far this season.
Highlighted Player (Garry Rodrigues):
Garry Rodrigues is a Cape Verde international who was born in Rotterdam on November 27, 1990. Rodrigues started his youth career at his hometown club Feyenoord and in 2007 he moved to Real SC. The pacey winger made his senior debut as a XerxesDZB player during the 2009/2010 season and after scoring two goals in 15 appearances in the league, he left the club in 2011. The Cape Verde footballer played for the likes of Rostocker, Boshuizen, Den Haag, Dordrecht, Levski Sofia, Elche and PAOK before joining Galatasaray in 2017. Rodrigues quickly established himself as a first team regular at Gala and he played an important role in Fatih Terim’s team that won the Turkish Super Lig in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Garry Rodrigues made his debut for Cape Verde national team in August, 2013 against Gabon. The Galatasaray winger represented Cape Verde at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Highlighted Team (FC Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.