Benfica v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 17, 2017
Estadio Da Luz - Champions League
Manchester United travel to Portugal with revenge on their mind as they face Benfica, who knocked them out of the 2011-12 Champions League.
The two group stage draws between these two sides, which ultimately ended United's participation in the competition that year, were both exciting games. Ryan Giggs' goal secured a draw away in Portugal, but a second half goal from veteran midfielder Pablo Aimar sealed a memorable point for Benfica at Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was without a number of first team stars for their trip to Anfield at the weekend, and they are likely to remain sidelined for the trip to Portugal. Midfield is the main area of concern for the former Porto boss, with Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick out with respective knee, hamstring and calf injuries.
This means that Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are likely to keep their places in midfield. Defender Eric Bailly is still out with a knee problem, and the Ivory Coast international could be out until the end of the month with the injury. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are both out of action until December with knee ligament injuries.
Benfica will be hoping that their strike pair of Jonas and Haris Seferovic can continue their excellent goalscoring form against Manchester United. The duo have 13 goals between them in all competitions so far this season, and will be a threat.
Benfica v Manchester United Preview and Predicitons
Benfica have been in a poor run of form in recent weeks, and they won't relish the prospect of hosting Manchester United on Wednesday night. The Portuguese side have won just one of their last five in all competitions, and they've lost both of their opening Champions League games to CSKA Moscow and Basel.
Manchester United meanwhile have been in solid form, and are unbeaten all season following the European Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid. With two Champions League wins against CSKA Moscow and Basel already, victory on Wednesday would put them a step closer to the knockout rounds of the competition. Their form, along with Mourinho's pedigree in this competition, should be enough to win this one, with an away victory priced at 4/5.
United's wins over CSKA Moscow and Basel were both by significant goal margins - 4-1 and 3-0 respectively - and they're likely to show Benfica little mercy in midweek, particularly as their hosts have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven games in all competitions. With that in mind, an over 2.5 goals bet looks to be a very interesting option, currently priced at 10/11. The Portuguese champions are available at 4/1 for the win, with the draw at 25/9.
Manchester United to win 3-0 at 15/1
Despite not managing to score against Liverpool at the weekend, United have been in great form so far this season, and their performances in the Champions League have been among their best displays. The combination of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial - along with others from the bench - is likely to be too much for a Benfica side that's facing an early exit from the competition.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 11/4
Belgian international Lukaku has been excellent for United following his summer switch to Old Trafford from Everton. He's netted 11 goals in all competitions so far this season, providing a focal point for the United attack. Like his team, Lukaku has shown some of his best form in Europe, scoring four goals in three games, and he will look to extend that run on Wednesday.