UEFA Champions League Match Previews: Group B

Updated: September 24, 2013

Juventus | Image source: bleacherreport.net


The first round of the Group stage in the UEFA Champions League has been drawn to a close. In Group B, Real Madrid raked the top spot, while Galatasaray were thrashed in the bottom. The second part of the match will be held on October 2, with a rotation of rivalries set to take place.


Juventus vs. Galatasaray


The Italian side were last season’s (Serie A) grand champions, dominating a pack of equally intimidating clubs which included Roma, Napoli, and Inter. This term, however, Juventus’ performance has dwindled a little bit, ranking only fifth (still a very high position) after four matches. In the Champions League’s group round, the side extended their unbeaten record on UEFA Champions League. But the side found no opportunity to fetch a win as Copenhagen held them in 1-1 draw. Nicolai Jorgensen opened the scoring for the Danish side, but was later equalized by a 54th minute goal by Italian Fabio Quagliarella. Juventus nearly won the encounter, except that goalkeeper Johan Wiland hindered Carlos Tevez’s attempt.


The Turkish champions found their debut in the Champions League group stage a little off key. Galatasaray were beaten by Real Madrid in an overwhelming 1-6 finish at the Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. Domestically, Galatasaray have also been waning in their Super Lig campaign. Last season was a dramatically jubilant period for the side but this time around, after only bagging one win and three draws, Galatasaray have fallen to the chart’s tenth position. Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe are now occupying the league’s top spots.


Football betting tip: It has been nearly a decade since Juventus and Galatasaray had competed. Their last meeting saw the Turkish side win the round but in this year’s Champions League, a complete reversal of the result might happen. The Italian squad are stronger than ever and winning over Galatasaray in the continental tourney is not a remote possibility.


Real Madrid vs. Copenhagen


Upon their entry in the Champions League group stage, Real Madrid have immediately shown what a monstrous adversary they can be. Slamming Turkish victors, Galatasaray, in a 1-6 away win, the Spanish squad easily skyrocketed in the group table’s top position.  The match saw Isco open the scoring in the 33rd minute and then followed up by a goal from Benzema in the 54th minute. Two successive innings were scored by Ronaldo, only to be matched by another goal from Benzema. In the 84th minute, Bulut scored his side’s first (and only) goal. As if their points were not yet enough to win the round, Ronaldo again scored a goal toward the match’s conclusion, earning him a hat-trick. Real Madrid are also doing well in the Spanish top-level football, currently standing at the third highest spot behind Barcelona and arch-rival, Atletico Madrid.


Danish defending champions forced a 1-1 draw in the Champions League when they met with Italian squad, Juventus, at their own home court in front of more than 36,000 spectators. Copenhagen opened the match’s scoring via Nicolai Jorgensen’s goal in the 14th minute. A goal by Italian Fabio Quagliarella evened out the scoring in the 54th minute. With strong defenses and goalkeeping abilities from both sides, additional goals were never created, thus finishing the match in a deadlock. In the Danish top-level football, Copenhagen seem to be having a difficult season. A stark difference from their last term’s performance has been recorded in their stint this year. The defending champions slid to number nine, after only winning two matches out of nine meetings. Their current total score is only 10 points, largely due to the three losses and four draws they obtained in the tourneys.


Football betting tip: Real Madrid’s well-founded defense, coupled with a strong backing and a brilliant ensemble, will remain sturdy even after battling out with the Danish superpower. Toward this match’s culmination, four goals will be scored by the Spanish players against Copenhagen’s one.