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Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba controls the ball ahead of Copenhagen defender Ragnar Sigurdsson in their Champions League game, October 23Reuters

Galatasaray will look to strengthen their hold on second place in Group B of the Champions League when they travel to FC Copenhagen.

The Turkish side, now under former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, pulled off an impressive 3-1 victory over Copenhagen in Istanbul a couple of weeks ago, and another three points could see them on the verge of sealing second spot in the group at the expense of Juventus, who face a tough test in Turin against leaders Real Madrid.

Galatasaray currently have four points from three matches, with Real well clear having picked up nine from three games. Juventus are third on two points, with Copenhagen a point behind the Italians with three matchdays remaining in the group stages.

"Juventus and Real Madrid are favourites to progress but I believe we can go through," Mancini said.

In the reverse tie, a great first half performance from Galatsaray saw them overwhelm Copenhagen. However, Mancini believes the game in Denmark will be a markedly different one.

"Tomorrow's [Tuesday's] match will be very difficult for us," the Italian said. "It will be a different game from the one in Istanbul because Copenhagen are strong at home."

Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken also believes a different game is in prospect with the Norwegian predicting a much closer encounter. "I am certain the game will be a tight affair with few chances for either side," Solbakken said. "I will be extremely disappointed if there is a significant gulf in class between the two teams as there was in Istanbul.

"Galatasaray's first-half performance [in Istanbul] was the best I've seen them play this season. In Istanbul, the first 20 to 25 minutes killed us. We surrendered possession in dangerous areas. That is now in the past, however, and we need to get back to what we do best."

Team News: Solbakken has no injury issues to worry about with a full complement of the squad available.

It is not so rosy for Mancini, however, with the Galatasaray manager missing goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and playmaker Wesley Sneijder, along with Hakan Balta, Gokhan Zan and Ufuk Ceylan. Aurelien Chedjou could also miss out and will undergo a late fitness test to assess his availability.

Key men: Copenhagen: Nicolai Jorgensen scored a brace at the weekend in a 4-0 win over FC Nordsjaelland and the Danish side will need the forward's goals as well as creativity if they are to stand any chance of three points against the team from Turkey.

Galatasaray: Didier Drogba netted in the reverse tie and the former Chelsea striker will definitely be a thorn in the Copenhagen defence.

 Where to watch

The game is scheduled for a 1.15 am IST start on Wednesday morning with no live coverage. For the Live Blog, click HERE. 

Expected lineups: Copenhagen: Wiland, Jacobsen, Sigurdsson, Mellberg, Bengtsson, Delaney, Claudemir, Gislason, Braaten, Vetokele, Jorgensen.

Galatasaray: Muslera; Sabri, Chedjou, Semih, Eboue; Melo, Selcuk, Ceyhun; Yilmaz, Drogba, Umut.

Prediction: 2-0 to Galatasaray

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