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Champions League Group C: Galatasaray and Benfica battle

| 21.10.2015

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

Soccer - Super Lig - Galatasaray v Mersin Idmanyurdu - Turk Telekom Stadium
Portuguese Eagles Benfica (23/20 match favourites from Coral) have soared to first spot in their Champions League pool, but a trip to the Turk Telecom Arena could be their biggest test yet.

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

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group C - Atletico Madrid v Benfica - Vicente Calderon Stadium
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



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.