Benfica vs Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Benfica vs Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
Benfica vs Manchester United Match Preview
Portuguese giants Benfica will take on Manchester United in a crucial encounter for the hosts who are yet to open their account. This Benfica vs Manchester United encounter would be played at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday night.
The hosts are coming off a win over Olhanense in the Taca de Portugal during the weekend but Benfica have lost three off their last seven in all competitions. They are already five points off the top spot in the Primeira Liga. In the Champions League, they haven’t fared any better losing 1-2 at home to CSKA Moscow and then thumped 5-0 by Basel away from home. In fact, the Portuguese side have lost four of their last six matches in the Champions League and conceded 16 goals during this period. In half of these matches, they have shipped at least three goals and would have wishing what would have been if last season’s star defender Victor Lindelof was still with them. The Swede will be part of the visitors’ squad for the night.
Manchester United may have drawn 0-0 during the weekend against Liverpool and earned all the negative plaudits but Jose Mourinho’s side has won nine of their 11 competitive games and stay unbeaten so far. Their return to the Champions League has seen comprehensive wins over Basel (3-0 at home) and CSKA Moscow (4-1 away from home). They are comfortably perched at the top of Group A with six points and a win in this Benfica vs Manchester United fixture will see them cement their position further. The onus is on the hosts to push for a win while the visitors would be eager to get a win and get a firm grip over the top spot in the group.
Benfica vs Manchester United H2H
Of the previous six meetings against Benfica, Manchester United have won three, drawn two and lost just once. Going by form book, this Benfica vs Manchester United fixture is loaded heavily against the hosts.
Benfica vs Manchester United Team News
Benfica have no injury concerns but will see their right-back Andre Almeida miss the match through suspension.
Eric Bailly is a doubt for the visitors who will have Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Michael Carrick, and Marcus Rojo still out of action.
Benfica vs Manchester United Probable Line-ups
Benfica: Cesar, Douglas, Jardel, Luisao, Grimaldo, Pizzi, Augusto, Salvio, Cervi, Seferovic, Jonas.
Manchester United: Romero, Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku.
Benfica vs Manchester United Predictions
Manchester United have been in great scoring form, having scored at least three goals in seven of their 11 outings this season. Even in the two Champions League matches, they scored at least three goals and look primed to do so again on Wednesday. Back the match to have over 2.5 goals from Manchester United. A Manchester United win looks the most likely outcome and a great pick in current circumstances.