Champions League Group C: Galatasaray and Benfica battle
Holly Thackeray | October 20th
Galatasaray v Benfica
- Champions League
- Wednesday, October 21st
- Kick-off: 19:45 BST
- Turk Telekom Arena
- Live on BT Sport Extra 5
Group C leaders Benfica can come unstuck against Gala
The Eagles may have bested Atletico Madrid away, but will face a cauldron of vocal and passionate support in this clash. Benfica do not have the best record against Turkish teams on the road either, so a draw at 12/5 looks the most tempting bet for this tussle.
As for Gala, 27/10 to triumph, the Turkish giants are chasing a second successive league title and have won two domestic duels on the trot heading into this dust-up.
Having taken the spoils in the only previous European encounter between the two 2-0, the Lions are also intriguing at 24/5 to win to nil.
Familiar faces at fantastic odds
Dutch schemer Wesley Sneijder will be pitted against a former clubmate in Benfica post protector Julio Cesar, with the pair having previously played together in Inter Milan’s 2010 Champions League-winning campaign.
Brazilian custodian Caesar has contributed to Benfica conceding just one continental goal so far, but Sniejder still has plenty left in the tank and is nifty at 9/4 to net anytime.
Alternatively, former Arsenal and Bayern Munich poacher Lukas Podolski is also 2/1 in the anytime market, while Turkey international Burak Yilmaz returned from injury to dispatch a spot-kick last time out, and is terrific value at 6/1 to be first scorer.
South American scoring shouts for Eagles
Benfica have shown great skill and spirit to be the best of Group C so far, and have a handful of excellent attackers that will surely test their Turkish hosts.
Argentine net threat Nicolas Gaitan is a 10/3 shot to grab his second goal in two games anytime, while emerging Brazilian talent Anderson Talisca is also excellent value at 2/1 to be on target. Another Samba star, Jonas Oliveira, has a superb seven strikes in nine games so far and is fantastic at 4/1 to open the scoring.
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Coral’s top tip: Back Gala and Benfica at 12/5 to draw