Portuguese giants Benfica and Galatasaray will meet on Thursday evening for the second leg of their 1/16 final clash in the Europa League. The hosts hold a 2:1 advantage from the first game and the Turkish side needs to score at least two goals and record a win, as a narrow 1:0 victory will not be good enough, because of the away goal rule.
Benfica vs Galatasaray Head to Head
|Head to Head||Last H2H game||Last H2H games||Last games home/away|
|Benfica||Win||3 W/ 0 D/ 2 L||2 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
|Galatasaray||Loss||2 W/ 0 D/ 3 L||1 W/ 0 D/ 2 L|
Last game between the teams: 14.02.2019 Galatasaray – Benfica 1:2; Christian Luyindama 54’; Eduardo Salvio 27’, Haris Seferovic 64’
Last game at this venue: 03.11.2015 Benfica – Galatasaray 2:1; Jonas 52’, Luisao 76’; Lukas Podolski 58’; Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica was sent off in the 85’
Worth mentioning: In all of the five meetings the winner had scored exactly two goals, with the last three ending with a 2:1 final score. Galatasaray have already triumphed at Estadio da Luz, when back in 2008 they beat Benfica in a game from the group stages of Europa League.
Benfica vs Galatasaray Stats
|As of 20.02||Last game||Last 10 games||Last 5 games home/away|
|Benfica||Win||9 W/ 0 D/ 1 L||4 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
|Galatasaray||Win||7 W/ 2 D/ 1 L||3 W/ 2 D/ 0 L|
Last game Benfica: 18.02.2019 Aves – Benfica 0:3; Haris Seferovic 3’, Rafa Silva 36’, Ferro 59’; Ferro from Benfica was sent off in the 64’
Last game Galatasaray: 17.02.2019 Kasimpasa – Galatasaray 1:4; Trezeguet 14’; Younes Belhanda 22’, Sofiane Feghpouli 28’, 53’, 68’
Top performers Benfica: Haris Seferovic 14 goals 4 assists, Jonas 8 goals, Pizzi 8 goals 12 assists.
Top performers Galatasaray: Mbaye Diagne 21 goals 2 assists, Henry Onyekuru 9 goals 1 assist, Eren Derdiyok 7 goals 2 assists.
|Last 10 games||Goals scored:conceded||Over 2,5 goals||Goal / Goal||Clean sheets|
Worth mentioning: Both teams qualified for that stage after finishing 3rd in their Champions League groups. The Portuguese team was faced with Turkish side in the play-offs for the Champions League, when they met Fenerbahce and went through after a narrow 1:0 in Lisbon and a 1:1 draw in Istanbul. Benfica won ten of the team’s last eleven outings and in the previous home game trashed Nacional with 10:0.
The Turkish side lost all of their away games in the Champions League grop stage without even scoring a single goal. Galatasaray have played a total of four games in Portugal and came out victorious twice. The team’s performances away from home have been steady of late and they have not conceded more than one goal in their last eight visits.
Benfica vs Galatasaray News
Missing players Benfica: Eduardo Salvio, German Conti, Jardel, Ljubomir Fejsa
Missing players Galatasaray: Fernando, Martin Linnes, Tolga Cigerci
Benfica vs Galatasaray Predictions
Benfica to win 2:0 – 8.50 @ bet365
Benfica to win -1 handicap – 2.62 @ bet365