After home defeat by Benfica, Galatasaray are under pressure before the return leg this Thursday. The Portuguese, who had won the first leg away 2-1, is enough in the Estadio da Luz to move into the Europa League knockout stages even a draw.
Both teams had played in this season Champions League, but had after their third place in the respective group in the Europa League ran.
Europa League Betting Tips Benfica Lisbon vs Galatasaray
Benfica had finished third in Group E behind Bayern and Ajax. Istanbul had to give the lead in the group D Porto and Schalke. Since January 14th, Lisbon is being coached by Bruno Lage. Lage previously looked after the B team of Benfica and got after the dismissal of Rui Vitoria a contract until the end of the season. Under the new coach, the Eagles made ten wins and conceded only one defeat. Will this series continue in the Europa League? Who in the match Benfica vs Galatasaray looks to the odds, sees the home side as clear favorites go into play. The betting base dares at the game but no hint on the outcome of the game, but sets at Benfica Lisbon vs Galatasaray tip on “both teams to score“.
Benfica Lisbon – Statistics & Current Form
With 36 championships and 26 cup wins, Benfica Lisbon is the clear number one in Portugal. After four titles in a row, the Eagles in the preseason only runner-up. The league went to the rivals FC Porto. With successes against Fenerbahce and PAOK Saloniki Benfica reached for the 14th time the group stage of the premier class. With two wins against AEK Athens and one point at home to Ajax, the team was able to secure the winter in the Europa League. Overall, Benfica has been four times in the round of the last 32 of the Europa League. So far, Lisbon have won all eight games in that round. In addition, the red and white are still undefeated in 19 Europa League home games. There were 17 wins and two draws here. In the league, the record champions were after the 0-2 defeat at Portimonense SC on January 2, only in fourth place and had seven points behind leaders Porto. After that, coach Rui Vitoria was dismissed.
Under successor position Benfica won all seven league games and climbed to second place, just one point behind the reigning champions. The only defeat under the new coach was for Lisbon at home in the League Cup against Porto. All other ten competitive games were won. With 60 goals, the Eagles have by far the best offense in the league. Best scorer is the ex-Frankfurt Seferovic with 14 goals. In addition, the team with 28 points from twelve games is the best away team in the league NOS. On Monday, the team from Coach Lage won their dress rehearsal in the league 3-0 at Desportivo Aves. From the 64th minute, the guests had to play in the underdogs. Benfica also shot four times less with 13 shots than the opponent. Nevertheless, the red and white won the game in the end clear and safe. Coach Lage will likely miss Eduardo Salvio, German Conti, Jardel, Ljubomir Fejsa and Tyronne Ebuehi on Thursday.
Expected formation of Benfica Lisbon:
Vlachodimos – André Almeida, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Grimaldo – Pizzi, Samaris, Gabriel, Rafa Silva – Seferovic, Joao Felix
Last matches of Benfica Lisbon:
- 18.02.2019 – Desportivo Aves Vs. Benfica Lisbon 0: 3 (Primeira Liga)
- 14.02.2019 – Galatasaray Vs. Benfica Lisbon 1: 2 (Europa League)
- 10.02.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs Nacional Funchal 10: 0 (Primeira Liga)
- 06.02.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs Sporting Lisbon 2: 1 (Cup)
- 03.02.2019 – Sporting Lisbon Vs. Benfica Lisbon 2: 4 (Primeira Liga)
Galatasaray – Statistics & Current Form
With 21 championships and 17 cup victories, Galatasaray Istanbul is still the most successful football club in Turkey. After city rival Besiktas won two titles in a row, Cim Bom beat back last year. This qualified the yellow-red for the 15th time for the Champions League group stage. After a 3-0 at home to kick off the CL group stage against Lok Moscow, the men of coach Fatih Terim then brought only one point. So Istanbul is the third time in the Europa League second round. In the previous participations Gala could never reach the EL round of 16. Galatasaray lost their most recent seven European away games in succession. The balance of the last 16 international games stands with two draws and 14 defeats. In the Süper Lig, Coach Terim’s side are currently six points behind leaders Basaksehir.
But in recent weeks, the record champion was already able to make some ground in first place. After the 14th Gameday Cim Bom was only in fourth place. This was followed by 13 national games without defeat with nine wins and four draws. With 45 goals, the yellow-red have the best offensive in the league. Top scorer of Gala is Mbaye Diagne with 21 goals. The Nigerian had been signed in the winter of Kasimpasa and only scored a goal for his new club. In the league the Terim-Elf is unbeaten with seven wins and four draws at home. Away, however, the reigning champions had already suffered three bankruptcies. On Sunday, Gala was able to make his dress rehearsal for the second leg with the 4: 1 at Kasimpasa successful. A hat-trick scored while the Algerian Feghouli. At Galatasaray, only the use of Tolga Cigerci is uncertain.
Expected formation of Galatasaray:
Muslera – Linnes, Luyindama, Marcao, Nagatomo – Belhanda, Fernando, Badou – Feghouli, Diagne, Onyekuru
Last games by Galatasaray:
- 17.02.2019 – Kasimpasa Vs. Galatasaray 1: 4 (Süper Lig)
- 14.02.2019 – Galatasaray Vs. Benfica Lisbon 1: 2 (Europa League)
- 10.02.2019 – Galatasaray Vs. Trabzonspor 3: 1 (Süper Lig)
- 06.02.2019 – Galatasaray Vs. Hatayspor 2: 0 (Cup)
- 02.02.2019 – Alanyaspor Vs. Galatasaray 1: 1 (Süper Lig)
Benfica Lisbon vs Galatasaray Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Benfica Lisbon and Galatasaray Istanbul have met four times so far. With two wins for each club, once each away and once at home, the comparison is completely balanced. In the first leg, the guests were led by a penalty in the 27th minute in the lead. Luyindama equalized for Istanbul in the 54th minute. But ten minutes later, former Eintracht striker Seferovic scored for Lisbon 2-1. Benfica had scored more shots on goal than the home side despite only 34 percent of possession (14:10). Lisbon has met Turkish clubs 16 times. There were seven wins, five draws and four defeats. At home, the balance looks very good: The Eagles had in eight games only a draw and a defeat. Gala played eight times against clubs from Portugal. In addition to three wins, there were five bankruptcies. In Portugal, Cim Bom scored two hits and two losses.
Benfica vs. Galatasaray Betting Tips and Predictions Explained
In 18 European Cup duels in which Benfica had won the first leg away, the club reached only once the next round. Gala lost the home game five times already in the European Cup knockout duel. After that, they also dropped out of the competition in four cases. Istanbul will have to score at least two goals in regular time to make sure they keep a close eye on the Eagles’ dangerous offensive.
Key facts – Benfica vs Galatasaray tips
Benfica is still undefeated in the Europa League at home
Istanbul could not get a point from the last seven European away games
Lisbon have won six of their eight home games against Turkish sides
Normally, almost everything speaks for the hosts. Lisbon have won the first leg, are strong at home in the Europa League and under the new coach in absolute top form. But because of the victory from the first leg, we dare not tip on the outcome of the game. The difficulty is that Benfica already has a draw to progress. In addition, Gala is also in good shape for weeks. In Turkey, Istanbul has been unbeaten for 13 games. Both teams are the best offensive ranks in their leagues. The guests have to play forward to maintain the chance of progress. Thus, we expect to score at least one goal on both sides and play Benfica vs Galatasaray our tip on “both teams to score“. In three of the four duels between the two teams, the bet “Both teams to score“ would have been successful. In addition, met in five of the last six games of each Gala and Benfica both teams.
Who wants to bet on a game outcome, we can say that in the match Benfica vs Galatasaray the prediction “win Benfica Lisbon” to heart. The Eagles are under the new coach in incredible shape. In the Europa League, Lisbon did not lose at home. Istanbul faces a difficult task and has to win by two goals or at least 3: 2. It is quite possible that the guests themselves no longer really believe in their chances and are now focusing on the Süper Lig.
Insider Tips: Both Teams to Score/ Yes