Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a 2-1 win over Galatasaray in Istanbul Benfica moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League last 16. The Eagles are with one foot in the next round, but given the quality of the Turkish side, the hosts are likely to take the return leg very seriously. The Portuguese outfit have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and you should bear in mind that they crushed Nacional 10-0 in their last home game in the national championship. Galatasaray have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Benfica in Thursday’s football match, but beating the Eagles in Lisbon is easier said than done. Benfica are more of a team than Galatasaray and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Haris Seferovic has found his goal-scoring touch of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014. A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances. Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1. The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game. In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super Cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.