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UEFA Europa League | Turk Telekom Arena | 14th February
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Galatasaray vs Benfica predictions for Thursday’s match in the Europa League. Both teams head into the 1st leg in excellent form and we’re expecting a very competitive ninety minutes between the pair in Istanbul. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Galatasaray vs Benfica Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 17/10

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Benfica 2-1 @ 10/1

Reason For Galatasaray vs Benfica Betting Tips

Galatasaray and Benfica both dropped out of the Champions League after finishing third in their respective groups, and their reward for avoiding last place is a Europa League tie against one another. The pair would have been hoping for a kinder draw, but each will believe they have what it takes to win this competition.

Both teams shipped too many goals during the group stage of the Champions league and it proved to be their downfall, and we’re expecting that to lead to an open game on Thursday in which both teams will create goal scoring opportunities. The form of both clubs heading into the 1st leg is excellent and the pair sit second in their respective leagues following wins at the weekend. Galatasaray beat Trabzonspor 3-1 at home, while Benfica put ten passed Nacional without replay to record the biggest win of the season in the top flight of Portuguese football.

There are plenty of reasons for us to expect goals for both teams from Thursday’s game, and for at least three to be scored during the ninety minutes. Two of the three meetings between these two clubs have seen both teams scored and over 2.5 goals, both games ended in a 2-1 scoreline. Both teams have scored in three of Galatasaray’s last four matches, while over 2.5 goals two of the hosts last three home games. Both teams have scored in four of Benfica’s last six matches and their last five games have all featured over 2.5 goals, including the 10-0 win over Nacional, the 4-2 victory over Sporting, and the 5-1 defeat of Boavista. All of the above combined with the good form of both sides points towards both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals being produced in Thursday’s 1st leg.

Derdiyok top scores with two European goals for Galatasaray this season, while Fernandes, Pizzi, Grimaldo, and Salvio all netted twice for Benfica during qualifying and the group stage of the Champions League. Galatasaray need to take some kind of advantage into the 2nd leg next week as Benfica have been very strong at home this season and will certainly be the favourites to win in Portugal. We’re confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced in the 1st leg, and have backed Benfica to claim a narrow 2-1 win. The visitors head into the match on the back of a 10-0 win and, while that victory came against a poorer opponent than the one they face on Thursday, we believe that confidence boost will give the Portuguese side the edge.

Galatasaray Team News

Galatasaray Team Badge Ferreira Mariano and Tolga Cigerci are both set to miss the 1st leg for the hosts through injury.

Benfica Team News

Benfica Team Badge Germán Conti, Jardel, Ljubomir Fejsa, and Tyronne Ebuehi could all miss out on Thursday due to injury.

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Article by: James K
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Published: February 12, 2019

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Galatasaray vs Benfica Stats

  • Galatasaray have won only two of their last 24 games in European competition (D7 L15, qualifiers included), with one of those coming against Benfica at home in October 2015 (2-1).
  • Since the start of the Europa League in 2009-10, Galatasaray have never progressed past the round of 32, getting knocked out in 2009-10 by Atlético Madrid and in 2015-16 by Lazio. Meanwhile, Benfica have always reached at least the quarter-finals of the competition in their four participations.
  • Benfica have never won an away game against Turkish opposition in European competition, qualifiers included (D4 L3).
  • Benfica striker Jonas hasn’t scored a goal in his last 15 away games in the Champions League/Europa League. His last away goal was back in March 2013 against PSG in the Champions League, when he was playing for Valencia.
  • Galatasaray and Benfica are facing each other for the fourth time in European competition. The Turkish side won their first two encounters but the last one ended in a 2-1 win for Benfica in the group stages of the Champions League back in 2015-16.
  • Galatasaray have won only two of their last 24 games in European competition (D7 L15, qualifiers included), with one of those coming against Benfica at home in October 2015 (2-1).
  • Since the start of the Europa League in 2009-10, Galatasaray have never progressed past the round of 32, getting knocked out in 2009-10 by Atlético Madrid and in 2015-16 by Lazio. Meanwhile, Benfica have always reached at least the quarter-finals of the competition in their four participations.
  • Benfica have never won an away game against Turkish opposition in European competition, qualifiers included (D4 L3).
  • Benfica striker Jonas hasn’t scored a goal in his last 15 away games in the Champions League/Europa League. His last away goal was back in March 2013 against PSG in the Champions League, when he was playing for Valencia.
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