Galatasaray vs Real Madrid: Where to Watch UEFA Champions League, TV Channel, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

The soccer season is yet to reach Halloween but Real Madrid's campaign could already have reached the first major fork in the road.

Los Blancos travel to Istanbul, Turkey, to face Galatasaray on Tuesday knowing a defeat would deal a severe blow to their chances of making it out of Group A.

The 13-time European Cup winners sit bottom of the group with just one point in two games, after losing 3-0 away to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening fixture and then coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home against Club Brugge.

Few, if any, clubs in soccer place as much emphasis on success in the Champions League as Real Madrid does and failing to qualify for the knockout stages is almost unthinkable for the Spanish giants.

The difficult start in the Champions League had been somewhat offset by a flying start to La Liga, which saw Real Madrid remain unbeaten in the first eight games and arrive into last weekend with a two-point gap over Barcelona.

The feel-good factor, however, evaporated on Saturday as Real lost 1-0 away at Mallorca, leading to speculation that Jose Mourinho may be in line to return to the Spanish capital for a second spell to replace Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman won three Champions League in a row with Real Madrid and stepped down at the end of 2018 season, only to return halfway through last campaign after Los Blancos had sacked two managers.

Zidane, however, was under no illusion that his track record with the club would make his job safe this season.

"What has happened, has happened," Zidane said in his press conference on Monday, as per Spanish newspaper Marca.

"Football forgets what you have achieved, but that's life. For me it's the same, it's the present.

"What we have done with Real Madrid has past. I won't tell you what people are saying doesn't bother me, it does.

"But what I have to do is give my best and always think positive.

"I don't know if I have a lot to lose against Galatasaray. I want to be at Real Madrid forever. We know the situation, but you'll have to ask someone else."

Facing Galatasaray away comes with the added issue of playing in what is a notoriously boisterous and hostile environment, with the home fans creating an atmosphere that can intimidate even the most experienced players.

Zidane, however, added that he was used to dealing with pressure, although he conceded that being regularly under scrutiny was hardly ideal for him and his players.

"The pressure will always be there," he added. "We know the situation, but it isn't over until the final game [of the group stage].

"Nothing will change, even when people say the coach must be changed.

"Football always forgets what has happened in the past. As a player and as a coach.

"I won't say it [the speculation] doesn't bother me, but I will think positively."

Galatasaray also desperately needs points after drawing 0-0 away to Club Brugge in its opening game and losing 1-0 at home to PSG on Matchday 2.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the game.

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Real Madrid's players attend a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Galatasaray and Real Madrid at the TT Ali Samiyen sport complex in Istanbul on October 21. Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty

When and where is the game?

Galatasaray hosts Real Madrid at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul on Tuesday, October 22, with kickoff scheduled for 10 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

The two teams have met in three editions of the Champions League.

Real Madrid won 5-3 on aggregate in the quarterfinals in the 2000-01 season and prevailed by the same scoreline at the same stage in the 2012-13 campaign.

A year later, the duo crossed paths in the group stages, with Real winning 6-1 in Istanbul and 4-1 at home.

TV coverage

Live stream

A live stream will be available via B/R Live as well as fuboTV.


Galatasaray extended its unbeaten run in the Turkish league to five games at the weekend with a 3-2 win over Sivasspor, but remains in sixth place, four points behind league leaders Alanyaspor.

Real suffered its first league defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 1-0 away to Mallorca and dropping to second in the table, a point behind Barcelona.

Team news

Galatasaray is without Mario Lemina, while former Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao is fighting to be fit in time.

Real has a lengthy injury list, with Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho and Marco Asensio all sidelined.


According to Oddschecker, Real is a 37/50 favorite, while Galatasaray is a 19/5 underdog and the draw is at 29/10.

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