Manchester United vs GalatasarayUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Oct 3, 2023, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED will be bidding to bounce back from a bruising setback at the weekend when they go up against Galatasaray in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils appeared to have turned a corner after back-to-back wins over Burnley and Crystal Palace, however a second visit from the Eagles in the space of four days ended in a dismal 1-0 defeat.
Therefore, manager Erik ten Hag will be hoping he can alleviate some of the pressure that is beginning to build by picking up a much-needed victory against Galatasaray on Tuesday night.
Following a three-year hiatus from Europe's Premier club competition, the Turkish giants marked their return in style as a last-gasp double helped claim a point against Copenhagen.
Okan Buruk's boys warmed up for this clash with a 2-1 win over Ankaragücü on Saturday, a result that preserved the Istanbul outfit's place at the top of the Süper Lig.
Manchester United, who have won just five of their last 13 Champions League home matches, are lowly 4/9 favourites with Bet 365.
Defensive problems have been a major concern for the Red Devils so far this season, evidenced by the fact that they have failed to shutout their opponents in six of their opening nine fixtures of the campaign, shipping 15 goals in the process.
Admittedly, Galatasaray aren't exactly the most illustrious of opponents but they do have plenty of household names within their ranks, including the likes of Dries Mertens and Mauro Icardi, amongst many notable others.
What's more, Okan Buruk's side have scored in each of their last 10 matches so they will fancy their chances of breaching a United backline that have looked far from convincing since the start of the season.
While Erik ten Hag's team are vulnerable defensively, they still possess more than enough quality and firepower to pick up a positive result against a Galatasaray side that have filed two clean sheets across their last eight fixtures.
With all that in mind, backing each team to oblige at Old Trafford on Tuesday night seems like a sensible solution at 11/14 (UniBet).
Switching attention to the player card market, I'll also have a small play on Manchester United's Diogo Dalot to go into the book at 22/5 (UniBet).
The tough-tackling right-back is no stranger to referees' notebooks and he looks a fair bet to have his name taken here given that he could be tasked with keeping foul-magnet Wilfried Zaha quiet.
This UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Galatasaray will be played on Oct 3, 2023 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Manchester United vs Galatasaray prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.