Benfica vs Galatasaray predictions and betting tips for this Thursday night Europa League fixture on February 21st with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
This is the only Europa League tie to feature two sides who spent the first half of the season in the UEFA Champions League. The Portuguese giants take a 2-1 lead into this game, and they continued their superb recent form at the weekend. Both sides have plenty of talent in their ranks, and this should be an entertaining 90 minutes of football. See our Benfica vs Galatasaray predictions below.
Benfica have now won seven games in a row in Liga NOS, and their away win at Aves was another excellent result. The team are playing with confidence, although there will be a couple of enforced changes here. Salvio is out of this tie, but Ferro is free to play, despite being sent off at the weekend. The Eagles made headlines a few weeks ago when thumping Nacional 10-0, to chalk up the biggest victory in the Portuguese top flight for 55 years. With that performance fresh in their minds, the home fans will be expecting another big performance here. They were clinical seven days ago when emerging with a narrow 2-1 success in Turkey. Gala’s away record in Europe is very poor, and they haven’t won an away game (outside of the qualifiers) in this competition since 2009. They’ve also already been defeated by Portuguese opposition this season, losing twice to FC Porto in the Champions League, and they didn’t score in any of their away games during the group stage. This won’t be a romp for the hosts, but they should comfortably ease through to the next round of the competiton, and although they are odds-on, they are worth backing. Benfica Win is the first of our Europa League betting tips for Thursday night.
Gala struggle for goals on the road in these European competitions. They did net four on their travels domestically at the weekend, but they failed to net in any of their three away games in the Champions League. Benfica do have a couple of away goals, which will act as a comfort blanket, but they must ensure that they don’t get complacent here. I don’t think this will be a high-scoring affair, but we should have a couple at least. Over 2.5 Goals is an odds-on price, but better value is available by backing 2-3 Goals Exactly. It landed in the previous leg, and has also paid out in each of their last five meetings. It looks like a sensible bet in this Europa League tie and it’s the second of our Benfica vs Galatasaray predictions for Thursday night.
Swiss star Haris Seferovic is currently on a superb run of form, with the 26-year old finding the net in each of his last eight appearances. He now has 21 goals in 31 outings, and also netted the winner in the previous leg. The striker is full of confidence, and with a few absentees for the hosts, he is likely to start this game. He’s towards the top of the betting, which is unsurprising given his recent form. He’s aiming to score for the ninth straight match, and he’s the third of our Benfica vs Galatasaray predictions for this evening’s crunch clash.
Benfica take a 2-1 lead into this game, and they are rightfully priced up as favourites for this match. They are 7/10 to win inside 90 minutes and progress with ease. Gala are available at 4/1, which it’s 16/5 for the match to end all-square in this second leg.
We had three goals and plenty of chances in the first leg, and another exciting 90 minutes is expected here. Over 2.5 Goals has been chalked up at 8/11, whilst Over 3.5 Goals is available at 7/4. For those who fancy a low-scoring cagey encounter can back Under 2.5 Goals at 11/10.
Haris Seferovic is our pick for anytime goalscorer, with the Swiss international also priced at 9/2 to grab the opener in this match. Joao Felix is next in the betting and is priced at 6/1 to score the opening goal of the game.
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