Our football match prediction:
Wednesday’s football match at Vodafone Arena pits together Besiktas and Benfica. The Kara Kartallar have been producing fine performances in Group B, but they are sitting in third place in the standings ahead of the visit of Benfica. Nonetheless, seeing that a win over the Eagles could see the Turks climb to top position in Group B, we predict that the hosts will go all guns blazing at Rui Vitoria’s men on Wednesday evening. Besiktas shared the spoils with Dynamo Kiev and Napoli in previous two home games in the process and seeing that Benfica are on a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the trip to Istanbul, there is every chance the two teams will play out a draw at Vodafone Arena. When the two teams met at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the reverse fixture they played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Olcay Sahan):
Despite beginning his professional career as the member of Germany’s Under-17 set-up, Olcay Sahan decided to switch allegiance and represent the country of his parents’ descent. Dusseldorf-born Turkish international is a winger who can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder. Usually deployed on the left side of the pitch, Sahan has been used as a playmaker by Fatih Terim at the international level. The 29-year-old is known for his quick pace, hard work and team spirit, which made him one of the fans’ favourite in Turkey. Following spells with Borussia Monchengladbach, Duisburg and Kaiserslautern, Olcay Sahan moved to Besiktas in 2012 when he made an immediate impact for the Black Eagles. He has so far made more than 130 Super Lig appearances, scored and assisted more than 30 goals respectively, at the same time establishing himself as first-team regular and one of the most important players for the club.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies. Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.