Galatasaray vs Benfica
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Turk Telekom Stadyumu, Istanbul
Benfica have bagged a 10-0 win over Nacional on Sunday and connected a four-game winning streak as they take on a trip to Istanbul for their Europa League clash at Galatasaray, hoping to build on it and earn an all-important advantage ahead of the second leg in front of the home crowd.
Eagles have beaten Boavista and Sporting CP twice beforehand and now boast great team spirits, promising a great challenge at Turk Telekom Stadyumu despite the high stakes involved. Galatasaray have a great streak of their own going on but haven’t really seen as tough rivals along the way, earning six wins and a draw in seven outings since mid-January.
Cimbom will thus be hoping for more of the same as well and getting it in Istanbul will be an essential task. They’ve outclassed Trabzonspor (3-1) on Sunday with goals from Diagne and Belhanda (x2), as the attacking line promises goals from all directions. We thus expect a thrilling contest here with goals and the sides will surely be motivated moving forward.
Galatasaray vs Benfica: Head-to-head
This will be the sides’ fifth head-to-head clash, where they last met in November 2015.
Galatasaray earned a 2-1 win in their only matchup in Istanbul, bagging the Champions League Group C points.
Benfica boast great recent records on the road but have a lot to prove in Turkey, looking to build on two home wins over the rivals already.
Galatasaray vs Benfica: Prediction
We feel Galatasaray will have what it takes to resist a great challenge Benfica will pose and we’ll now stick our necks out for a Home win at 2.70. We have seen them in great shape lately but this will still as a very narrow contest with a lot to play for in the second leg we feel.
We believe Benfica will be in a good mood going forward too and finding the net will be essential now. We thus hope for a high-scoring contest in Istanbul and we’ll also back Over 2.5 goals FT at 2.10 – which looks great value for those keeping faith we’ll see a winner.
Galatasaray vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Home win @ 2.70
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10.