Galatasaray vs Benfica Match Info
Match date: 14thFebruary 2019
Kick-Off: 5.55pm GMT
Stadium: Turk Telekom Stadyumu, Istanbul
Galatasaray vs Benfica Head to Head Record
Last 3 meetings:
3 Nov 2015 Benfica 2 – 1 Galatasaray
21 Oct 2015 Galatasaray 2 – 1 Benfica
12 Dec 2011 Benfica 2 – 0 Galatasaray
Matches played: 4
Galatasaray wins: 2
Benfica wins: 2
Galatasaray vs Benfica Stats
- Benfica have earned wins on all of their last four trips across competitions
- Galatasaray have suffered just one loss (2-3 to Porto) in front of the home crowd this season
- Eagles have suffered a 2-1 loss on their only trip to this ground in October 2015
Galatasaray vs Benfica Match Preview
Galatasaray host Benfica for their Europa League clash just days after doing the same for Trabzonspor in Super Lig match, boasting great team spirits despite lagging eight points behind pace-setters Istanbul Basaksehir after earning five wins in last six outings across competitions.
Cimbom have been scoring numbers of goals in front of the home fans lately and although Benfica will be more of a challenge than Ankaragucu (6-0), Boluspor (4-1), or Hatayspor (2-0), we feel the attacking line led by Eren Derdiyok will be very motivated to build on such a streak.
Benfica, on the other hand, come into the match just days after their home clash against Nacional where they look to build on a three-match winning streak, after beating Boavista (5-1) and Sporting CP twice (2-4 in Primeira Liga and 2-1 in Taca de Portugal).
Eagles have thus bounced back to consistency after a disappointing home loss to Porto (1-3) seen beforehand and we should see them confident at Turk Telekom Stadium as well. However, conceding goals on the regular will be more worrying for Bruno Lage and keeping it together at the back could still be a prevailing goal ahead of the return match in front of the home fans.
We will still back Galatasaray to bag an exciting win in front of the home fans and earn any advantage ahead of the trip to Portugal, as we go for a Home win here at 11/7 with Unibet – which could prove overpriced despite a strong challenge looming.
We do see the visitors proving their fine form in the final third too and with that in mind, we expect to see goals on both ends. We’ll thus go for a high-scoring contest in Istanbul and back Over 2.5 Goals FT, which comes at 13/10 with Unibet and has been deemed value by many seekers.
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