Galatasaray vs Bayern Munich: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Syed Talib Haider
Top of the Group A table clash
Galatasaray and Bayern Munich, both with unbeaten records in the UEFA Champions League, are set for a Group A clash at Rams Park. Galatasaray’s stunning 3-2 victory at Old Trafford and Bayern’s come-from-behind win against Copenhagen have showcased their strength.
Galatasaray twice fought back against Manchester United through Wilfried Zaha and Kerem Akturkoglu, before Mauro Icardi sealed a dramatic win. However, Galatasaray’s penchant for comebacks also includes a draw against Copenhagen, leaving them second in the group with four points. They head into the match on a hot streak, having won six consecutive games in all competitions. Plus, they are on a formidable 23-game unbeaten streak this season. Now, Galatasaray can claim the top spot in the group if they can defeat Bayern.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, remains undefeated in the Champions League. Their victory over Manchester United in a seven-goal thriller and a comeback against Copenhagen highlight their ability to fight back. A victory here in Europe would put Bayern in a favorable position for early qualification.
Monday, 24 October 2023, 5:45 PM GMT (10:15 PM IST)
Location: Rams Global Stadium
Galatasaray (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W-W
Bayern Munich (in all competitions): W-W-D-W-W-W
Players to watch for
Mauro Icardi (Galatasaray)
Mauro Icardi, with ten goals in the domestic season, has been a key contributor to their success. But moving forth it will be expected that he brings the same sauce in their European campaign as well. If he does, then Galatasaray could be in for goals galore.
Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)
In the away camp, there’s also a striker in top form- Harry Kane. The Englishman has proved the doubters wrong yet again as he has so far been a like-for-like replacement for Robert Lewandowski. Kane’s playmaking skills have produced a G/A of 14 in just 10 games of Bundesliga and UCL games combined.
- In the 1972-73 European Cup campaign, Bayern Munich defeated Galatasaray with a 6-0 win on the home soil, led by Gerd Muller.
- In a UEFA Champions League home game, Galatasaray have never won a game.
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Injury and team news
Galatasaray had a rough patch with Lucas Torreira’s injury, but he’s now fit and played most of the game against Besiktas before Tanguy Ndombele replaced him. Overall their team looks fit and full, except for Sergio Oliveira, who might miss the next game if he gets a yellow card here. Galatasaray might stick with the same lineup that beat Man United, as their next opponents are dealing with injuries and misses.
None of Noussair Mazraoui, Manuel Neuer, Dayot Upamecano, Gabriel Marusic, Raphael Guerreiro, or Tarek Buchmann are expected to play. Bayern’s situation got worse with Leon Goretzka’s broken finger, and Serge Gnabry’s return is uncertain at this time. If Goretzka can’t play, Konrad Laimer might move to midfield as Bouna Sarr takes his place in defense, alongside Matthijs de Ligt.
Bayern Munich: 1
Predicted lineup for Galatasaray vs Bayern Munich
Galatasaray Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)
Boey, Sanchez, Bardacki, Angelino; Ayhan, Torreira; Tete, Akturkoglu, Zaha; Icardi
Bayern Munich Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)
Ulreich; Sarr, Kim, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Laimer; Coman, Musiala, Sane; Kane
Match prediction for Galatasaray vs Bayern Munich
All odds are stacked against Galatasaray. While there are many who will be rooting to see the Turkish side come out victorious, it is just hard to predict that. So, we are going with a Bayern win.
Prediction: Galatasaray 2 – 3 Bayern Munich
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