Astana vs Galatasaray Betting Tips

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      Tip Reasoning

      Astana managed to avoid the big European teams on their road to the Champions League group stages, but now they’re in the group stages they can’t rely on luck to keep them out of trouble.

      They lost their opener against Benfica thanks to goals from Nicolas Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou, but the fact that they managed to hold the Portuguese side until after half time shows the determination of Astana.

      But this loss set Astana off on a bit of a run of poor form. Since then they have lost two of their three games, drawing the other one.

      This terrible run of a draw and three losses comes straight after they enjoyed a 12 match unbeaten streak, so there could be a crisis of confidence in Astana’s dressing room.

      Galatasaray have won their last two matches, beating Trabzonspor and Gaziantepspor in the Super Liga to lift them to 4th position after a poor start to the season.

      They have picked up 11 points from their opening six games, but their back to back victories could have put them back on track to start properly defending their title.

      They also lost their Champions League opener by two goals to nil, with a first half double from Antoine Griezmann settling their game against Atletico Madrid.

      Galatasaray have more quality in their squad than Astana, but they do have a couple of injury problems which could prove crucial.

      Star striker Burak Yilmaz has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury, whilst Hamit Altintop is still struggling to make a recovery from his knee injury.

      Despite these two important players being absent, I still think Galatasaray have the quality to see off the Kazakhstan outfit. Their chances are made even better by the fact that the home side are struggling for form at the moment. Odds of 7/5 for a Galatasaray Win look like really good value as well, as well as a 2-0 win for the visitors at 9/1.

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