Benfica vs Manchester United: Preview and Predictions

Benfica vs Manchester United Predictions UEFA Champions League 18th October 2017

Benfica vs Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Date: 18th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz.

The Red Devils are flying high in their return to the most elite football competition in Europe.

Jose Mourinho’s side proved the class by trashing both Basel and CSKA Moscow in the opening two rounds of Champions League and we have to see them as massive favourites to maintain such a strong rhythm against the struggling Benfica side at Estadio da Luz.

Benfica

This is the final opportunity for Aguias to catch a break and get back into the contest for top two spots in the Group A following starting defeats against the Russians and the Swiss.

Rui Vitoria’s men showed a horrendous display in the second round in particular when they allowed an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Basel at St. Jakob-Park.

Benfica have not been doing much better in the domestic league either where they trail by five points behind Porto at the top of Primeira Liga standings.

Manchester United

The Portuguese outfit scored only a single goal so far in Champions League and we are not quite optimistic about their chances of improving this poor record against Man Utd who have been very tough to break down both in Champions League and in Premier League. United allowed only two goals in last seven games in all competitions.

The job on the other side of the pitch has been done phenomenally by Romelu Lukaku who bagged three goals in Champions League and seven more in the domestic competition.

Benfica vs Manchester United: Head to head

Aguias managed only a single win in six previous meeting with Manchester United.

The last two encounters happened back in 2011/12 season when the teams shared spoils in both of their group phase ties (1-1 and 2-2).

Benfica vs Manchester United: Prediction

We can’t look at anything but an away win here given the form both teams showed at the start of the season.

Additionally, Romelu Lukaku to score against an outfit which allowed as many as five goals to Basel at the end of September has to be a wise choice.

Benfica vs Manchester United: Bets

The main betting option is Manchester United to win the match at  1.78

You can have Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 2.05.

All Odds courtesy of 888Sport

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