Manchester United – Benfica : Preview & Prediction
In order to ensure their qualification to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League, the Manchester United team is preparing to receive the visit of the Benfica Portuguese team, in play to be played at Old Trafford by Group A.
Those led by José Mourinho are at their best of the season, so the Red Devils come first to qualify for the quarter-finals of the League Cup by winning 0-2 on their visit to Swansea City midweek and this last weekend The week they got a good 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur which keeps them in second place in the English Premier League with five points below the leader Manchester City.
These good results have also been shown in their presentations in the European Champions League, since they have won all three games, so to get a victory here puts it practically with a foot and a half in the next stage.
For this game Mourinho will still not be able to count on Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini who are injured, thus adding to the list conformed by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
On the other hand, those led by Rui Vitória could recover from that 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the Champions League and added two consecutive victories against Desportivo Aves 1-3 and now last 1-0 against Feirense, results that keep to the eagles in third place with a difference of five points from the first place that currently belongs to Porto.
As for his participation in the UEFA Champions League things are not favorable for the Portuguese team that has lost all three games of the tournament where it has barely been able to score a goal. Benfica knows that the only way to get into the fight for second place is by winning the last three games since Basel has six points; or failing to keep the third place and go to the League of Europe.
As for direct confrontations between these teams we have to say, that with the victory of Manchester United in Portugal the English cast added a streak of five games without losing, and if we have to be more extensive of the seven games played Benfica only won one by four of United.
Playing at Old Trafford played three games, where two were victories and the remaining draw.
Benfica’s situation can not go to England in search of a draw, the eagles do not know of victories and there is no other way to go to Old Trafford in the three points post, which is a good opportunity for Lukaku and company have spaces in the Portuguese defensive zone to do what they want. To add that this season Manchester United has been respected at home to win their eight games taking into account all the competitions and knowing now that a victory puts him almost in the next stage of the most important competition of clubs in Europe, not going to want to waste the opportunity.
Manchester United – Benfica : Betting Tips
Manchester United – Win Odds: 1.35
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70