UEFA Champions League - Betting Preview and Odds - Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray - 03 April 2013

Real Madrid are hosts to Galatasaray in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, April 03 2013 at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

Real Madrid are heavy favourites in the upcoming first leg match.

Real Madrid 1/6
Draw 15/2
Galatasaray 18/1

A $100 bet on Real Madrid returns $16 in profit while the same bet on Galatasaray could return $1,800 in profit.

Can Galatasaray surprise on Wednesday?

Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray - UEFA Champions League - Matchup and logos

Galatasaray eliminated Schalke 04 in the round of 16 winning 4-3 on aggregate. Earlier in the competition the Turkish champions came second out of Group H behind Manchester United and ahead of CFR Cluj and Braga. Galatasaray managed to beat Manchester United at home, but at that point Man Utd had already qualified for the next round and they played a few bench players vs. the Istanbul side. In the Turkish Super Lig Galatasaray are in first place, four points ahead of 2nd place Fenerbahce after 27 rounds. Most recently they beat Istanbul Buy 2-0.

The Spanish champions, Real Madrid eliminated Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 and in the group phase they came 2nd out of Group D behind Borussia Dortmund and ahead of Ajax and Manchester City. In the Spanish La Liga, Real Madrid are in second place, 13 points behind Barcelona and one point ahead of city rivals Atletico.

The odds of Ronaldo scoring in the first leg match are 1/5 (bet $100 to profit $20). Next in line for Real Madrid is Higuain at 4/9 (bet $100 to profit $44) while Burak Yimaz has the highest odds on the Turkish side at 21/10 (bet $100 to profit $210) followed by Didier Drogba at 3/1 (bet $100 to profit $300).

The odds are heavily in favour of Real Madrid winning at home and qualifying to the next round (1/10), but in football you just never know.

Will Real Madrid maintain momentum and roll over Galatasaray as most suspect or are we in for a surprise?

This should be an entertaining match!