Europa League 2021-22: Galatasaray vs Barcelona prediction and betting tips (March 17)
Barcelona head over to Turkey for the second leg of their Round of 16 clash against Galatasaray. They are in top form, with zero losses in their last 10 matches. Barca are confident of a win.
Ferran Torres (Barcelona) scored a brace against Osasuna in their last match
Ferran Torres (Barcelona) scored a brace against Osasuna in their last match

Galatasaray welcome Barcelona in Round of 16 of the 2021-22 Europa League season. This is the second leg.

The match is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. GMT on Thursday, 17 March 2022. The match venue is NEF Stadyumu, Turkey.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Galatasaray vs Barcelona (March 17) game are available in this article. A preview of the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups is up next.

Galatasaray vs Barcelona latest odds on betting sites

Galatasaray to win odds are valued at 8.00 (+700 American; 7/1 Fractional), the odds for a draw are valued at 5.00 (+400; 4/1), while Barcelona to win odds are valued at 1.36 (-275; 4/11).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Galatasaray — 12%, draw — 20%, Barcelona — 68%.

Latest betting odds on Galatasaray vs Barcelona (17 March 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.61 (-164; 25/41)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Asian handicap (+1.5) on Galatasaray — 1.86 (-116; 25/29)
  • Asian handicap (-1.5) on Barcelona — 2.05 (+105; 21/20)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.95 (-105; 20/21)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)

Galatasaray vs Barcelona match preview and statistics

Galatasaray have three wins, a draw and a loss in their previous five games. The Cimbom beat Besiktas 2-1 in their last match.

Kerem Akturkoglu opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner, assisted by Mostafa Mohamed. Akturkoglu doubled the lead with a header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Mostafa Mohamed with a cross.

Ridvan Yilmaz pulled one back in the 85th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Rachid Ghezzal. Team statistics: 44% possession, 19 total shots, three big chances, seven shots on target, 315 accurate passes, 78% pass accuracy, 12 fouls committed, two offsides, four corners, four yellow cards.

Galatasaray team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Barcelona haven’t lost in 10 matches, with seven wins and three draws. La Blaugrana beat Osasuna 4-0 in their last match.

Ferran Torres converted the penalty in the 14th minute as he stepped up and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way, burying the ball into the bottom right corner. Torres doubled the lead in the 21st minute following a through ball from Ousmane Dembele.

He took one touch before sliding the ball through Herrera’s leg into the net. Dembele got the assist for the goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked it past the goalie in the 27th to make it 3-0 for Barca, assisted by Dembele with a brilliant pass.

Ricard Puig scored the fourth goal in the 75th minute, three minutes after coming off the bench. He initially shot from the edge of the box and was pushed back into the danger area where he raced onto it. Puig took it round the keeper, cut it calmly onto his right foot before firing it into the back of the net.

Team statistics: 72% possession, 4.02 expected goals (xG), 24 total shots, six big chances, nine shots on target, 807 accurate passes, 92% pass accuracy, seven fouls committed, four offsides, five corners.

Barcelona team news: Ansu Fati, Alex Balde, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto are sidelined due to injuries, while Nico Gonzalez is suspended for this match.

Galatasaray vs Barcelona H2H

Both teams played a goalless draw in their first meeting.

Galatasaray vs Barcelona lineups and key players

Galatasaray projected starting lineup:

  • Inaki Pena
  • Omar Elabdellaoui
  • Victor Nelsson
  • Marcao
  • Patrick Van Aanholt
  • Taylan Antalyali
  • Emre Kilinc
  • Sofiane Feghouli
  • Berkan Kutlu
  • Kerem Akturkoglu
  • Mostafa Mohamed

Kerem Akturkoglu is the key player to watch out for. He had a good game in their last match against Besiktas, scored two goals, completed four dribbles, made two clearances, one interception, won five duels and made four ball recoveries. Akturkoglu has three goals and four assists in Europe this season.

Barcelona projected starting lineup:

  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
  • Sergino Dest
  • Eric Garcia
  • Ronald Araujo
  • Jordi Alba
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Frenkie de Jong
  • Pedri
  • Ferran Torres
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Adama Traore

Ferran Torres is the key player to watch out for. He scored a brace in their last match against Osasuna. Torres has two goal contributions for Barca in the Europa League.

Galatasaray vs Barcelona predictions and betting tips

Galatasaray are in good form ahead of this game, with a 2-1 victory in their last match. Barcelona, on the other hand, got back to winning ways as they thrashed Osasuna 4-nil in their last game.

Apart from the draw in their first meeting, Barcelona have four wins in the remaining of their last five matches. Don’t expect the Catalunya team to be sloppy in this leg. They showed no mercy to Napoli in the second leg of the knockout and I expect them to repeat the same in this game.

Predictions for this match are Asian Handicap Barcelona (-1.5) and over 3.5 goals. Expecting four goals from Barca alone in this game, they have great momentum to net four goals in this game.

Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-1.5) on Barcelona

Odds: 2.05 (+105 American; 21/20 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 3.5 goals

Odds: 2.50 (+150 American; 3/2 Fractional)

Football UEFA Europa League . Round of 16. Leg 2
Galatasaray — Barcelona
Not settled
Over 3.5 goals
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