Benfica v Man Utd Betting Preview | 18th October
In our Benfica v Manchester United betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Wednesday evening’s Champions League tie.
Benfica v Man Utd Betting Preview
Venue: Estadio Da Luz
Channel: BT Sport
The two teams from Group A go into this one with starkly contrasting form books: Benfica sit bottom after 2 losses in their first 2 games whereas United have seen off CSKA and Basel to collect 6 out of a possible 6 points. Coincidentally, heading into this tie, United have scored 7 and conceded only once, whereas Benfica have the polar opposite goal difference – conceding 7 and only scoring once in their 1-2 loss to CSKA.
Benfica are struggling lately, sitting third in the Portuguese top tier. They have only won two of their last seven games in all competitions and took a 5-0 battering away to Basel in their last Champions League outing. In Benfica’s only home tie in the Champions League this season they went a goal up and still lost at home to CSKA, so confidence and morale in the squad will be low heading into this one. United on the other hand are free scoring, delivering exquisite performances and are solid at the back. The Red Devils are early favourites to battle their arch rivals Man City to the title and a healthy Champions League campaign could see them challenge the elite teams in Europe. The addition to Romelu Lukaku in the summer, albeit for a hefty sum of money, has seriously added to their potency in attacking terms and made them look a real force to contend with. A United win here in Portugal looks likely, especially with the stats and form book to back that up.
Fellaini picked up a knee injury on international duty to accompany Paul Pogba and others on United’s injury list.
Potential Benfica Starting XI: Julio Cesar, Almeida, Jardel, Luisao, Grimaldo, Salvio, Pizzi, Fejsa, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas
Potential Man Utd Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Matic, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku
Stats & Facts
- Since September 12th, Benfica have only won 2 of their 7 games.
- United have won 9 of their 11 games since the start of the season, scoring 4 goals in 6 of those.
Head To Head
- Played 6: Benfica with only 1 win, United with 3 leaving 2 draws.
- 5 of the 6 games have had BTTS.
- Man Utd to win and BTTS – 11/4
- Man Utd to score in both halves – 7/4
- HT/FT Correct Score – Man Utd 0-2 and United 1-3 = 50/1
Benfica 15/4 Draw 13/5 United 3/4