Is it now as simple that Galatasaray will beat Chelsea 2-0?
Galatasaray beating Chelsea 2-0 in Istanbul is priced at 20/1 with Coral and based on the results of the other English teams in the Champions League last-16, it is hard not to be persuaded by these odds.
After all, Manchester City lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona, Arsenal fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates to Bayern Munich and then Manchester United were beaten 2-0 in Olympiakos.
The fact that Galatasaray have not conceded a goal in any of their six home games in 2014 lends some additional weight to this scoreline, while three of Chelsea’s last five away outings in all competitions have finished 2-0 to either side.
It is at home where Roberto Mancini’s men are certainly at their strongest, as they are on a 16-game unbeaten run at the Turk Telecom Arena, whereas they have triumphed in only four of their 17 road trips in all competitions all season.
Galatasaray have remained unbeaten in all three home encounters with English opposition in the Champions League this century too, with the most recent pair against Liverpool and Man Utd ending in victory.
Furthermore, Mancini led the team to victories in their last two home games in the Champions League group stages, beating both Copenhagen and Juventus.
Chelsea’s case will additionally not be helped by January recruits Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah being cup-tied.
Away goals have also not come too fluently against the better opposition, with only two goals scored across their six away days with Chelsea’s fellow top-eight Premier League rivals, while they failed to score in the group stages against Basel.
In terms of match betting, it is 3/1 that Galatasaray win, with a Chelsea victory priced at 21/20 and the draw at 9/4.