Galatasaray will take on Benfica in a first leg encounter of their 1/16 final of the Europa League. The history remembers four meetings between the sides and the stats are equal even for goals scored and conceded. Galatasaray are trough to this stage after finishing 3rd in their Champions League group, where they lost twice to another Portuguese side in the face of Porto. Benfica shared the same fate and also finished third in their Champions League group.
Galatasaray vs Benfica Head to Head
|Head to Head||Last H2H game||Last H2H games||Last H2H games home/away|
|Galatasaray||Loss||2 W/ 0 D/ 2 L||1 W/ 0 D/ 0 L|
|Benfica||Win||2 W/ 0 D/ 2 L||0 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
Last game between the teams: 03.11.2015 Benfica – Galatasaray 2:1; Jonas 52′, Luisao 67′; Lucas Podolski 58′; Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica was sent off with second yellow card in the 85′
Last game at this venue: 21.10.2015 Galatasaray – Benfica 2:1; Selcuk Inan 19′ (penalty), Lucas Podolski 33′; Nicolas Gaitan 2′
Worth mentioning: The last time when these two sides met was back in 2015 when they were drawn in the same group of the Champions League. Back then each team won their home game 2:1. In the other two meetings the teams exchanged 2:0 wins, Benfica being victorious in a friendly meeting and Galatasaray managed the only away win when the two clubs men in a fixture of Europa league group stages in 2008.
Galatasaray vs Benfica Stats
|As of 11.02||Last game||Last 10 games||Last 5 games home/away|
|Galatasaray||Win||7 W/ 3 D/ 0 L||4 W/ 1 D/ 0 L|
|Benfica||Win||8 W/ 0 D/ 2 L||4 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
Last game Galatasaray: 10.02.2019 Galatasaray – Trabzonspor 3:1; Mbaye Diagne 20′ (penalty), Younes Belhanda 44′, 51′; Hugo Rodallega 30′
Last game Benfica: 10.02.2019 Benfica – Nacional 10:0; Alex Grimaldo 1′, Haris Seferovic 21′, 27′, Joao Felix 50′, Pizzi 54′ (penalty), Ferro 55′, Ruben Dias 64′, Jonas 84′, 90′, Rafa Silva 87′
Top performers Galatasaray: Mbaye Diagne 21 goals 2 assists, Henry Onyekuru 9 goals, Eren Derdiyok 7 goals 2 assists.
Top performers Benfica: Haris Seferovic 13 goals 4 assists, Jonas 8 goals, Pizzi 8 goals 12 assists.
|Last 10 games||Goals scored:conceded||Over 2,5 goals||Goal/Goal||Clean sheets|
Worth mentioning: Galatasaray have been in impressive form recently and they are undefeated in twelve games, winning seven of them. The team is second in the standings in their domestic league, sitting six points behind the leaders. Benfica are doing pretty good on their own and won eight of the last nine games, including the 10:0 trashing of Nacional last weekend. All of their last five game featured over 2,5 goals and saw both teams scoring. Benfica are second in the Portuguese league just a point behind leaders Porto.
Galatasaray vs Benfica News
Missing players Galatasaray: Mariano Ferreira, Tolga Cigerci.
Missing players Benfica: German Conti, Jardel, Ljubomir Fejsa.
Galatasaray vs Benfica Predictions
Over 3,5 cards
Both teams to score & over 2,5 goals – 2.40 @ bet365