Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Turk Telekom Stadyumu will host Thursday’s football game between Galatasaray and Benfica. Galatasaray finished the group stages of the Champions League in third position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League. The Turkish side have slim chances of winning the national championship and we are positive that they are going to give 100% in order to record a good result in the Europa League knockout stages. Benfica, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth win in all competitions and they are determined to score an away goal in the first leg in Istanbul. Given the attacking potential of the two teams, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. In their last meeting in a competitive match Benfica recorded a 2-1 win over Galatasaray.
Highlighted Player (Gabriel Pires):
Gabriel Appelt Pires is a Brazilian footballer who play for Leganes in Spanish La Liga. Pires is a product of Vasco da Gama’s youth school, but he made his senior debut at Resende. In 2012 he signed for Juventus for a fee of €2 million, but he was immediately sent on loan to Pro Vercelli. After spending several seasons on loan at Pro Vercelli, Spezia, Pescara and Livorno he signed a loan deal with Leganes for the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign. The 183-cm-tall midfielder scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Leganes in the Spanish second tier and, as a result, the club chiefs decided to sign a permanent deal with him. Gabriel is an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. His brother Guilherme is a football player as well. Gabriel is a left-footed player, while his brother prefers playing with his right foot. They were born in Resende, Brazil.
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.