The Turkish champions broke the bank to recruit the pair in January and manager Fatih Terim will hope that their experience helps the team get beyond Schalke and into the last eight of the competition.
The Türk Telekom Arena will be throbbing with energy and noise for this first leg encounter, with Gala having finished second behind Manchester United in their qualifying group before breaking the bank to secure the signature of two players who are sure to feature heavily in the two matches.
Sky Bet offer 5/4 that the Turkish side win on Wednesday night although they are the underdogs to go through over the two legs, with odds of 11/8 that they make the last eight of the competition.
The team are six points clear at the top of the Turkish Super Lig after 22 games played and warmed up for this match with a 2-1 win away to Akhisar B on Friday night, with that man Drogba breaking the deadlock for his latest club.
The former Chelsea striker was the star man for the Blues as they won last season’s Champions League and left Shanghai Shenhua to recently join his latest European club. Odds of 5/1 are available with Ladbrokes that he breaks the deadlock against Wednesday’s German opponents.
Schalke won Arsenal’s group after a 2-0 win at the Emirates and will feel confident of getting the better of their opponents over two legs. However, recent form has been pretty poor and a 5-4 win against Hannover has been followed by two draws and two defeats.
It’s the reason why you can get 5/2 with bet365 about an away win in this first leg encounter although the visitors will be buoyed by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar returning to the team after an eye injury. The Dutchman remains one of the best strikers in Europe and is among the favourites to score in this match.
Schalke will be happy to get an away goal ahead of a second leg match at the Veltins-Arena and manager Jens Keller will not set his team up to defend for ninety minutes, although just two wins in eleven away Bundesliga games suggests that this is a match to be backing the home side.
With that man Sneijder operating behind the unplayable Drogba, odds of 19/2 about a Galatasaray win by a 2-1 scoreline could be the ticket at 19/2, especially as they have a striker who can practically win games on his own.