Real Madrid have already qualified for the next round. Copenhagen have been eliminated from the Champions League. That makes Galatasaray-Juventus the pivotal match in Group B: anything but a win for the hosts and Juventus are going through.
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After last year, when Galatasaray won 3-2 at Schalke in their final group match, enabling them to progress to the knockout stages, hopes are high that the club can pull off another such feat. Yet Roberto Mancini's side is struggling, with the cim bom often failing to look like a cohesive unit. They did manage to salvage a last-minute draw in the reverse fixture, but after losing 4-1 to ten-man Real Madrid last time out, it's looking less and less likely that this is a team that beat Italy's top side.
Because Juventus are on a high. They've now won seven in a row in Serie A and sit three points above the unbeaten Roma. Sure, the win over Copenhagen last round was their first in this year's Champions League, but judging by their league play, it was part of a trend, not a blip on the screen. Besides, the Old Lady only need a draw to progress, and this side is more than capable of finding a point.
Galatasaray Injuries and Suspensions
Out: Hamit Altintop.
Juventus Injuries and Suspensions
Out: Andrea Pirlo. In doubt: Mirko Vučinić.
Juve manager Antonio Conte included everyone eligible in his 25-man Champions League roster, but there's no way the injured Pirlo is going to play. There's little to worry about there, however, what with Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba in midfield. Vučinić was never going to start -- well, unless Carlos Tévez or Fernando Llorente found themselves in hospital -- but after leaving the Bologna match with injury, it remains to be seen whether he'll be available off the bench.
The hosts welcome back midfielder Wesley Sneijder and first choice goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. With Snejder back, it's likely Umut Bulut, the only scorer against Madrid, drops to the bench, although there's a slight possibility he could partner Didier Drogba up top.
Galatasaray (3-4-1-2): Fernando Muslera; Aurélien Chedjou, Gülselam, Gökhan Zan; Emmanuel Eboué, Selçuk Inan, Felipe Melo, Albert Riera; Wesley Sneijder; Burak Yilmaz, Didier Drogba
Juventus (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Stefan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio, Kwadwo Asamoah; Carlos Tévez, Fernando Llorente
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, December 10, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
TV: Fox Sports 2 (U.S.); Sportsnet (Canada); Sky Sports Red Button (U.K.)
Online: Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.); Sportsnet World Online (Canada)