Manchester United v Benfica Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
October 30, 2017
Old Trafford - Champions League
Manchester United welcome Benfica to Old Trafford on Tuesday with the Red Devils looking to extend their 100% record in the Champions League in 2017-18.
Manchester United won their most recent meeting with the Portuguese side 1-0, thanks to a fortunate second half goal from Marcus Rashford, however their recent results against them have been varied.
Two draws in the 2011-12 season saw United crash out of the competition, and Benfica's last win over Jose Mourinho's side came back in 2005 through a 2-1 home win in the Champions League.
Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Benfica, however Mourinho is still without three of his first choice midfielders.
Michael Carrick is still out of action following a calf injury, and Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are both still at least two weeks away from a return following knee and hamstring injuries respectively - and Pogba's absence could yet be extended.
Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic should continue in midfield, and youngster Scott McTominay could feature on Tuesday night.
Benfica will be without defender Luisao, who is banned after receiving a late red card against United in Portugal two weeks ago. Fellow defender Jardel is also a doubt through injury, with a late decision expected to be made on the Brazilian veteran.
Manchester United v Benfica Preview and Predictions
Manchester United have been faultless in Europe so far this season, and a win on Tuesday night should go a long way to securing their progress into the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Domestically they have shrugged off a dour draw against Liverpool to beat Swansea in the EFL Cup and Tottenham in the Premier League.
Benfica, who were denied a draw against United following a mistake from their young goalkeeper Mile Svilar, are performing well in the Portuguese league, but have lost all three games so far in Europe.
This pattern is likely to continue at Old Trafford, with a strong United side in efficient form in recent games, and a home win is priced at 2/5.
United have been in fine goal scoring form this season, particularly on home soil, netting 15 goals in their last five games in all competitions at Old Trafford. With that in mind, coupled with Benfica's leaky defence in Europe this season - which has conceded eight goals in three games so far - an over 2.5 goals bet looks to be a good option, priced at 4/5.
Manchester United to win 3-0 at 7/1
United have been steamrollering sides at home this season, winning by three clear goals in four out of their last five games at Old Trafford this season. Mourinho may shuffle his pack and play some of his younger players on Tuesday, particularly as they have a big game against Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, but they should have little issue with disposing of Benfica.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 9/4
Belgian international Lukaku has been a little quiet in recent games, and he is without a goal in his last five appearances in all competitions. However with a massive game looming at the weekend both player and manager will be hoping for a big performance from Lukaku, and a goal will give his confidence a real boost.