Friday, September 29, 2023

Bitesize Prediction: Galatasaray vs FC Copenhagen – 20/09/23

Competition: Champions League

Market: Mauro Icardi to score anytime

Odds: 6/5 @ 1xBet

Looking to open their Champions League adventure with an early flurry on Wednesday evening, Galatasaray will welcome Copenhagen to Rams Park.

Starting with the hosts, marking their return from September’s international break over the weekend as they claimed an action-packed 4-2 victory at home against Samsunspor, Galatasaray are enjoying a real early-season purple patch. Flying out of the traps since opening the 2023/24 campaign, the Turkish icons have now won each of their previous six appearances across all competitions and the mood in Okan Buruk’s camp appears to be at a red-hot high. Gaining a reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third and notching 15 strikes on their six-match winning run, fans around Rams Park will be calling on attacking talisman Mauro Icardi to spearhead their charge on Wednesday evening. Once again finding the net against Samsunspor a few days ago, the former PSG superstar has bagged eight goals in just his previous six appearances. Likewise, it should also be noted, the Argentina international has found the net in each of his last four straight showdowns in Istanbul.

As for the visitors, while Copenhagen might have just about edged their way past Polish outfit Rakow last month as they punched their Champions League group stage ticket, it is fair to say that Jacob Neestrup’s men are seeking some recent stability. Failing to pick up any real momentum over the weekend as they were forced to settle for a 2-2 stalemate away at Nordsjaelland, the Lions have now claimed just a single victory from any of their previous four appearances on either side of September’s international break. With that recent blip underlined by a 3-1 drumming at the hands of Silkeborg last month, the former Viborg boss will know that his inconsistent squad faces a stern examination in Istanbul. Hit with a 3-1 loss when they last travelled to Rams Park back in 2013, Copenhagen also lost each of their three Champions League group stage away fixtures last season by an aggregate score of 11-0.

Bet: Mauro Icardi 6/5 to score anytime against FC Copenhagen in Wednesday’s Champions League showdown @ 1xBet


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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