There’s a history of goal-laden humdingers when Galatasaray host Real Madrid in Champions League action and last term’s surprise package Burak Yilmaz looks a good bet to open the festivities this time around at 13/2 – especially given bwin will double your money if he scores again and triple it if he scores a hat-trick.
Gala are 9/2 outsiders to achieve victory over Los Blancos at the Turk Telekom Arena and the draw is available to back at 13/4.
To see the match end in Turkish triumph wouldn’t be as much of a shock as that price suggests, with Fatih Terim’s men able to draw on the still fresh memories of their close-but-no-cigar 3-2 quarter-final second leg win in last year’s competition.
An identical scoreline was registered the previous time our adversaries met in Istanbul in continental competition too, with Mario Jardel sealing a comeback from a 0-2 half-time deficit back in 2001.
Things should be a little cagier than those knockout ties in this group opener, but over 2.5 goals still looks a shoo-in at 1/2 with three of Real’s four outings this season hopping the bar.
Having looked far from impregnable at the back in their most recent outing at Villarreal it may be worth swerving the short-priced Madrilenos in favour of the home side in the first goalscorer market.
With wily gaffer Terim understood to be set to switch to the 4-1-2-1-2 set up employed against Real in the 2012/13 quarters the hosts are likely to employ a double-barrelled shotgun of Yilmaz and Didier Drogba in the most advanced twosome.
The Ivorian may be the bigger name and both have two goals to their name in the bank for Gala this season, but as well as hitting two for Turkey during the international break, Yilmaz has been notching for his club from a less advanced role than his teammate.
If as expected he is positioned closer to the last defender against Real he’ll have even more chance of opening the scoring and adding to the eight Champions League goals he notched as a relative unknown last term.
Those strikes came at a better minutes-per-goal ratio than fellow eight-shooters Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller and having smashed a hat-trick against Cluj in the 2012/13 groups he’s more than capable of doubling or tripling your dough thanks to bwin’s offer.