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Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Galatasaray

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Real Madrid will welcome Galatasaray to the Santiago Bernabeu for their UEFA Champions League encounter on Tuesday night.

Thirteen-time Champions League winners Real Madrid will be looking to take a big step towards the knockout stage of the competition when they welcome Galatasaray tonight at 21:00 (CET).

Zinedine Zidane’s side is currently second in Group A with four points on their account, two more than their closest challengers Club Brugge, who visit PSG at the same time and three more than the Turkish champions.

The Whites missed the opportunity to take the lead in the Spanish Championship following Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat at Levante on Saturday evening, as they only drew 0-0 with Real Betis at their home ground.

Galatasaray, on the other hand, registered a 2-0 win over Rizespor in their most recent outing. The reigning champions closed the gap behind the Super Lig leaders (Alanyaspor) to three points, but are still sitting in seventh in the league standings.

A defeat at the Bernabeu tonight would see the Yellow-Reds officially lose their hopes for progression into the Round of 16.

Team news

Long-term absentees Nacho Fernandez and Marco Asensio remain sidelined for the hosts, both of them recovering from their knee injuries.

Attacking duo Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez is also expected to miss the encounter with the Turkish champions through muscular problems.

As for Galatasaray, star striker Radamel Falcao will miss the trip to Madrid, as he continues to undergo treatment on an Achilles injury.

Former Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina is back in contention though, having fully recovered from a thigh problem.

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Real Madrid defeated Galatasaray in Instanbul in their most recent encounter two weeks ago thanks to an early goal from German midfielder Toni Kroos.

Los Blancos have won all three matches against Galatasaray in Spain, most recently a 4-1 victory at the Bernabéu on Matchday 5 six years ago.

Last season was the first since 2009/10 in which Madrid had failed to reach the semi-finals or better. The Spanish giants have lost three of their last six UEFA Champions League matches – conceding three or more goals in each of those defeats, and 13 in that six-game sequence.

Held 0-0 at Club Brugge in the opening round before successive 1-0 home defeats to PSG and Real Madrid, Galatasaray are without a win in their last ten European fixtures (D3 L7).

Their most recent fixtures with Spanish opponents came in the 2015/16 UCL group stage, when they lost 2-0 both home and away to Real Madrid’s local rivals Atletico.

Real Madrid are winless in their last three home games in the UEFA Champions League. They have gone three home games without a win only once before, between February and April 2000, but have never failed to win in four successive matches at the Bernabeu.