Man Utd v Benfica Betting Preview | 31st October
In our Manchester United v Benfica 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.
Man Utd v Benfica Betting Preview
Venue: Old Trafford
Channel: BT Sport
The two teams from Group A go into this one with starkly contrasting form books: Benfica sit bottom after 3 losses in their first 3 games whereas United have seen off Benfica already as well as CSKA and Basel to collect 9 out of a possible 9 points. Coincidentally, heading into this tie, United have scored 8 and conceded only once, whereas Benfica have the polar opposite goal difference – conceding 8 and only scoring once in their 1-2 loss to CSKA.
The corresponding fixture a few weeks back was arguably the most dire of ties of this season’s major european competition – a slender 1-0 win for the Red Devils with Benfica’s young goalkeeper making a catastrophic error from a Rashford free kick. Benfica are struggling lately, sitting third in the Portuguese top tier and five points behind leaders and rivals Porto. They have only scored once in this season’s champions league and took a 5-0 battering away to Basel in an earlier game in the Champions League. 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 at home here is the obvious bet but this lacks value, I’d look at them to win to nil, like they did in Portugal, at evens with bet365.
Pogba, Jones and Bailly are all close to returning with Pogba looking the least likely in the matchday squad with Spurs ahead of them at the weekend.
Possible United Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Matic, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku
Possible Benfica Starting XI: Svilar, Almeida, Dias, Luisao, Grimaldo, Salvio, Pizzi, Fejsa, Cervi, Jonas, Seferovic
Stats & Facts
- United have scored 8 goals in 3 games in the UCL this season.
- Benfica have one won 1 of their last 7 UCL games – losing 5.
Head To head
- Played 7: Benfica with only 1 win, United with 4 leaving 2 draws.
- 5 of the 7 games have had BTTS.
- Over 2.5 united goals – 11/8
- United win to nil – 1/1
United 3/10 Draw 4/1 Benfica 9/1