Reasons for Benfica vs Manchester United Tip
The two former European champions are clashing in the third round of Champions League group A. The records from the two previous matches are opposite. While Benfica has two losses and a goal difference of one scored and 7 allowed goals, United has two wins, with 7 scores and only 1 conceded. Before the start of this competition, they were the biggest favorites for the first two places in this assembly. Now, the hosts will have to fight for their lives, and United to confirm the top spot.
It is the last chance for the Eagles to grab three points and to stay in the race for the knockout stage.
Following a devastating loss against Basel in Switzerland 0-5, Benfica played only a draw against Maritimo away from home, 1-1. After that they defeated Olaholense also on the road in Taca de Portugal 1-0. Already, they are 5 points behind the biggest rivals Porto, and it seems that they are losing pace. The international break came at the perfect moment for the Eagles, to regroup and regain the self-confidence a little bit. Less than 2.5 goals were present in 4 of the past 5 games. They had solid results at Estadio Da Luz until the huge surprise against CSKA Moscow took place, 1-2. Overall in the last 5 games played at home, Benfica has 3 wins, one draw, and one defeat, with a total goal difference 11-4. What is the positive thing at the moment is the fact that do not have any problems considering injured players.
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Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is traveling to his homeland with his team crippled in the last few games. 5 players are going to be absent for sure. Rojo, Ibrahimovic, Carrick, Pogba, and Fellaini, while Bailly is uncertain. However, we have seen against the Liverpool that this does not affect the overall quality of play produced by the Red Devils. They extended the unbeaten streak to 11 games, after a draw in Liverpool and they want more positive results. It was only the second match in the past 8 which didn’t reach 3 or more goals, but just to make it clear it was Mourinho’s choice. United hasn’t failed away from home in 5 matches in a row picking up three victories and two draws, with a total goal difference of 11-3.
Benfica vs Manchester United Head to Head
This is going to be the jubilar 10th game between the two European powerhouses. United has a much better record with 6 wins and only one defeat. That single loss came in 2005 here in Portugal, in the Champions League, 2-1.
Back in 2011, they met in the Champions League group stage and in both legs we have seen a draw, 1-1 at Da Luz, and 2-2 in Manchester.
Benfica vs Manchester United Prediction and Betting Tips
There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho knows his countrymen the best. We can expect another game like the one in Liverpool because Mourinho is not going to be eager to attack. He’s going to save his players for the upcoming efforts, and we can expect a lot of changes in the starting line-up
It is why we pick a moderate number of goals between 2 and 3 as our first choice for this match.
Although Benfica is in a tough situation and they need to stay unbeaten , our prognosis is going to backup hosts. The Red Devils are just too much for the home team. We are sure that hosts do not have what it takes to defeat the big rival.