Soccer Picks: Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray in Champions League

Mike Richardson

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:20 PM GMT

The last eight of the champions league is usually where the greatest football action on the planet happens and the current 2nd favourites for the title Real Madrid take on Galatasaray on Wednesday night.

First things first it's worth mentioning that Real Madrid are 13/5 to lift the champions league this year at XXX while once met opponents Galatasaray longshots at 100/1. One of the reasons why Galatasaray and such longshots is because they face Madrid next. The Spanish giants have home advantage and will likely have this tie tied up by the final whistle of this game giving themselves a cushion ahead of the away leg.

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Big Up Madrid

The Spanish giants will be looking for their 24th semi-final appearance but Galatasaray are the Turkish champions and will be no rollover for their hosts.

Both sides look to be fully fit and ready to go so there will be no injury list to consider to make any real difference in the soccer odds in this match.

Expect Goals

Galatasaray are also pretty tasty having won 10 out of the previous 18 away games in European competitions.Real Madrid have scored 18 goals in this competition which is the highest of any club alongside Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid have won four the last five games, the most recent rate outing was a league draw. Galatasaray by comparison are on a three game winning streak but have a defeat and a draw behind that.

The last time the sides met was club friendly back in August 2011 and Madrid were 2-1 winners a repeat of that score certainly worth a bet at 12/1 although I wouldn't be shy about adding on 3-1 or indeed 3-0 to my soccer picks at 7/1 and 7/1 respectively. 

Your Humble Handicapper thinks that Real Madrid are going to win (at 1/5 with Paddy Power) and progress to the next round (at 1/8) and quite possibly win the champions league as well (at 9/4). 

Soccer Pick: A home victory by a 3-1 score available at 11/1 with Bet Victor.

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