Manchester United vs Benfica
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Manchester United to solidify their position at the top of group with a win over Benfica on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils defeated Benfica 1-0 on matchday 3 to preserve their 100% winning start in the group phase. Marcos Rashford was the scorer of the winner. The match also saw Benfica reduced to 10 men with experienced defender Luisao picking his second yellow with seconds left for the final whistle.
Mourinho’s men are sitting at the top with 9 points and a 3 point cushion over second placed Basel and 6 points over third placed CSKA. United can qualify for the knockout stage if they win at Old Trafford on Tuesday and CSKA fail to win against Basel.
After losing the three games so far, Benfica have little chance of making it out of the group. They must win against United on Tuesday and Basel must win against CSKA.
Manchester United vs Benfica: Head-to-head
There has been 10 meetings between the two sides in European competitions. United dominated Benfica during the period with 7 wins and 2 draws, losing just once.
Manchester United have never lost to a Portuguese team at home, 9 wins and 3 draws from 12. Against Benfica alone, it is 3 wins and 1 draw from 4.
Benfica have a poor record in English soil after managing an uninspiring 4 wins from their 16 matches so far; drew 2 and lost 10.
Manchester United vs Benfica: Predictions
There is little doubt that Manchester United are enjoying their best spell under Jose Mourinho. It is also true that the Portuguese tactician have the best group of players at his disposal.
United’s home record this season is particularly impressive, having won in all 7 matches in all competitions so far. They conceded 1 goal during the period and that was by fielding a fringe side in the cup competition against Burton.
Benfica are struggling on all counts and their domestic form is also a let down. It will be nothing but impossible to come to Old Trafford and go home with three points.
Marcos Rashford scored in 2 of the three Champions League games for United this season. I would prefer him to book for any-time goal-scorer in comparison with the short odds offered for the inform Romelu Lukaku.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-0 United win for 6.10 odd.
Manchester United vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Man Utd -1.75 Asian Handicap @ 2.43 odd.
Rashford to score any-time @ 2.40
Over 1.5 second half goals @ 2.02.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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