Benfica struggled in the Champions League group stages but can make their mark in Europe this season with a run in the Europa League.
The Portuguese giants head to Galatasaray for the first leg of their last-32 tie this evening and can seize the advantage with a win in Istanbul.
Benfica have been in good form on their travels and head into this clash seeking a fifth successive victory on the road.
The Lisbon club claimed an impressive 4-2 derby win at Sporting in their last away match and may prove too strong for Gala.
The Turkish outfit have already lost at home to Portuguese opposition in Europe this season after being bested by Porto in the Champions League group stages.
Benfica have eight wins in their last nine games and thrashed Nacional 10-0 in their last outing.
Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk enter the Europa League after finishing third in a tough Champions League group, but only Manchester City managed to win in the Ukraine in Europe’s top-tier club competition.
Shakhtar should be too strong for German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt on their own patch in one of today’s late kick-offs.
Frankfurt have some major injury worries, with up to seven players missing, and they head into this match seeking to end a three-game winless streak.
The Bundesliga club come into the tie after a tough 0-0 draw at RB Leipzig at the weekend and Shakhtar can take advantage of any Frankfurt fatigue as they return to action after the Ukraine’s winter break.
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