UEFA Champions League News: Prediction: PSV vs Galatasaray – Football News

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Verdict: PSV win and over 1.5 goals

Best odds: 20/23

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two teams looking to extend their Champions League adventure, PSV will welcome Galatasaray to Philips Stadion for their first leg on Wednesday night.

PSV

Starting with the hosts, while PSV may have fielded what was a captivating campaign last season, they once again failed to find a way to lift their first Eredivisie title since 2018. 16 points behind fellow Dutch giants Ajax, Roger Schmidt’s side still impressed many across the Netherlands last year. While Boeren may still be in a real uphill battle to retain some of their EURO2020 stars, they managed to find some momentum before returning to competitive action this week. Undefeated in each of four pre-season showdowns, including a 10-1 by a 10-1 score against little-known Delbrücker SC on the road, PSV also ended the run with a 1-0 win over Greek heavyweight PAOK. By dominating big bouts of the game and creating a string of chances, the former Bayer Leverkusen manager should also be supported by his side’s continued success since last season. Including their pre-season flurry, the hosts on Wednesday are unbeaten in each of their last 12 home games in all formats.

Team news

New signing Andre Ramalho is expected to get the nod mid-week and is expected to start in the heart of PSV’s defense on Wednesday night.

Impressive at the late European Championships this summer, the duo of Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen are expected to lose yet again this week.

Galatasaray

In terms of visitors, Galatasaray are in a similar position to their midweek hosts on a trip to the Netherlands on Wednesday evening. Despite once again impressing many across Turkey last season, the Süper Lig record holders had to settle for a heartbreaking second place when they ultimately saw Besiktas win the title thanks to their goal difference. Missing only the chance to lift the 23rd national crown, head coach Fatih Terim once again saw his team making their way into pre-season preparations. Claiming 2-1 and 4-2 streak wins against Dinamo Bucureşti and Kasımpaşa earlier this month, Galatasaray are enjoying an 11-game unbeaten run in all formats, a run that dates back to 3 April. However, faced with what could be a tough test when they head to the Philips Stadion midweek, they should be worried about their recent record against the hosts on Wednesday. Including a 3-1 defeat in 2018, they have each lost each of their last three consecutive matches against PSV.

Team news

Two unidentified Galatasaray players tested positive for COVID-19 during their canceled trip to Greece last week, and Fatih Terim may be forced to move his pack to a foreign land.

Veteran striker Radamel Falcao could be in line for a Wednesday night start and is expected to be joined by former Dutch international Ryan Babel.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two teams last met in 2018 for a preseason friendly, PSV won 3-1 at home.
  • The last time Wednesday’s opponents faced each other in the Champions League, PSV scored two straight wins 2-0 and 2-1.
  • Five of Galatasaray’s last seven official away matches have ended with over 2.5 goals.
  • PSV signed the Eredivisie 2020/21 season enjoying an unbeaten streak of nine home games.
  • Galatasaray have failed to win any of their last 17 Champions League away games.

Conclusion

Having had their trip to Greece last week upset by a COVID-19 outbreak in their camp, Galatasaray are expected to face a tough start at Philips Stadion mid-week. With what is a sad Champions League record, especially away from home, PSV should be sniffing a golden opportunity to gain a head start. Having finished their pre-season preparation with a flurry, the Dutch giants should also be encouraged by what is a captivating record against the visitors on Wednesday. We achieved a 3-1 when the two teams last met in 2018, this week we claim a similar home win for Roger Schmidt’s side.

Verdict: PSV win and over 1.5 goals

Best odds: 20/23

Bookmaker: Unibet

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