Manchester United vs Galatasaray prediction & preview:
On the 30th of July Manchester United takes on Galatasaray at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg for the final game of their 2016 tour. It’s been 4 years since these two teams last met and this time Manchester United is led by Mourinho who is trying to build a top european team with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the front figure. United’s already strong core in De Gea, Rooney and Martial are just a few pieces of the puzzle and Mourinho have his sights on Pogba to strengthen the United midfield. With a new coach and a new line-up we are sure to see a United hungry for victory following their devastating defeat to Dortmund.A victory which they looked for in a Manchester derby in Beijing City just to get the game called off due to weather issues.
Galatasaray on the other hand had a disappointing finish to their last season in super lig finishing 6th and then getting knocked out in the group stages of the champions league as such they will try hard in this game to start of the new season with renewed confidence.
Galatasaray will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 draws in their latest 5 games. The last game that the turkish powerhouse played on home soil was a cup victory versus their big rival Fenerbache. We are sure to see a Galatasaray looking to prove themselves against the top european teams for the upcoming super lig season. The turks biggest strength heading into this game will be their underdog status as Mourinho might overlook them and try out to much of the bench. If Wesley Sneijder manages to break through the Man U midfield and pass the ball to Podolski then anything can happen.
Manchester United will be coming into this game with 2 losses and 3 victories. The reds had a really though start to their last game which was a defeat against Dortmund. They were down by 2 after the first half and Dortmund later cemented the game with a 3rd goal in the 57th minute, the newly acquired Mkhitaryan did manage to even it out to 1-3 but to no avail as the game ended 4-1 to Dortmund. With United and Mourinho being the names on everyone’s lips this “silly season” they must start to prove themselves, especially with the Pogba transfer almost done.
The viking’s prediction of the biggest upset here might be that Mourinho could decide to play Sergio Romero in the first half to give him some playing time before heading into this year’s premier league season. This will also be the first time that we see the possibilities of Rooney-Zlatan-Martial which in the viking’s opinion is currently one of the best offensive line-ups in the world, add Pogba to that equation and you have an offense that is on par with the very elite of the soccer world.
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The viking’s prediction for this game is an easy victory for Manchester United. First of all lets get one thing straight, Galatasaray is a top tier team that can compete even on the highest of levels. This is however a game in which both Mourinho and the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be looking to flex their muscles. Both of them are able to heavily impact a team’s performance with their leadership and energy, just look at PSG and 14/15 season Chelsea.
Galatasaray’s one chance here will be in the first half if Mourinho decides to play Sergio Romero and they get a good ball over to Podolski. However with Manchester United’s new attacking power it’s likely that one goal just wont do, Zlatan fans will be expecting a minimum of 1 goal versus a team that isn’t champions league post-game level. If the game is at 0-0 at half time then either hammer the draw no bet Manchester United line or the Manchester United regulation time picks.
The other nice picks for this game are the over picks (1.5 , 2.5 , 3.5) as United will be expected to score at the very least twice. Be very carefull if you’re considering “Both teams to score” if this happens and that’s a big IF then it will happen in the first half, if the first half ends 0-0 then lock this as a lay bet.
European odds from Unibet for Manchester United vs Galatasaray
The viking’s picks for this game:
Manchester United vs Galatasaray, Manchester United regulation time @ 1.50
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.57
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Manchester United vs Galatasaray1-3 @ +950
Over 2.5 goals @ -175
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