Benfica vs Galatasaray
UEFA – Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica – da Luz (Lisboa).
In one of the most interesting matches of Europa League 16th finals, Benfica are going to face Galatasaray.
The hosts improved their game lately and although it seemed that they are going to drop in the title race, they managed to get just one point away from Porto.
Benfica celebrated ten times in the last eleven matches in all competitions and their confidence is sky high. Haris Seferovic and the lads are clinical in front of the oppositions’ goal while home side tightened up their defence significantly. They allowed only four points to their visitors and they are putting very convincing displays at home ground.
Galatasaray are enjoying a good form in Turkish Super Lig where they missed the chance to win just once in the last five rounds. However, they are still six points behind Basaksehir and the defending champions will have a tough challenge to defend their title.
Fatih Terim’s side is the most productive team in the national championship, while their defence is doing a good job. From the last four outings, the visitors managed to pick up eight points. They entered this competition after finishing on 3rd spot in the Champions League group stage.
Benfica vs Galatasaray: Head-to-head
These two sides have a decent history of head to head clashes as they had the chance to face each other five times so far.
We haven’t seen a draw yet, so Benfica has been a bit more successful with three wins, while Galatasaray managed to beat their rivals twice.
Portuguese team celebrated twice in a row and they are also enjoying a 2-1 advantage from the first-leg match.
Benfica vs Galatasaray: Prediction
The hosts are in a great form and they are also having a very good advantage from the first clash of these two teams. They shouldn’t miss the chance to confirm their place in the eight-finals and we believe Benfica are going to celebrate once again.
Their latest clashes have been pretty efficient and their last three encounters went over 2.5 margin. This one shouldn’t be much different as both sides are doing an excellent job in front of the oppositions’ goal and the crowd should enjoy at least three goals in total.
Benfica vs Galatasaray: Bet Tips
Home win @ 1.65
Over 2.5 FT @ 1.70.