BENFICA vs MANCHESTER UNITED
Will the Red Devils bring Hell to Benfica`s Estadio da Luz, Wednesday evening? The statistics seem to point this, but there is more to this clash than bare numbers. Benfica encountered Manchester United nine times in European Competitions but only managed to win once, in 2005. United, on the other hand, have prevailed in six matches.
The game will start Wednesday, October 18, at 18:45 GMT and it will be played at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
This season start is far from good for Portugal's last year champions. Benfica has only two wins in the last 7 matches in all competitions. They are 3rd place in Primeira Liga, and 4th in Champions League, Group A, after 2 defeats in which they conceded 7 goals. Moreover, the last international fixture, which was against Bassel, was the Eagles biggest Champions League defeat, 5 to nill.
For the clash against Manchester United, Rui Vitoria can`t use André Almeida, who is suspended after receiving a red card in the match against Bassel. Lisandro López is also unavailable for Wednesday match, due to an injury.
This weekend the Eagles defeated Olhanense, 1 to nill, in Portugal Cup.
Mourinho`s squad seems a sure bet for the Wednesday match against Benfica. After a goalless draw against Liverpool this weekend, the Red Devils are second in Premier League, with 20 points, just two less than Manchester City.
In Champions League they lead Group A with six points. Manchester United overcame CSKA Moskow 4 to 1 in their 2nd match and defeated Bassel 3 to nill in their first Group A fixture.
However, a victory against Benfica is not a sure thing if we keep in mind that Mourinho will be unable to use Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick in midfield. Eric Bailly is also likely to miss this match because of his groin injury. As is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker who only recently recovered from an ankle injury and had a mediocre performance at Anfield on Saturday might be rested.
With 0 points in Group A, after 2 defeats against Bassel and CSKA Moscow, Benfica needs to win against Manchester United, to get back on track for the European Spring. But that won`t be an easy thing to do. NetBet is offering odds of 4.65 for Benfica to win this match.
With six games this season in which they scored four goals, Manchester United is the favourite in this clash. The Red Devils have a 1.8 odd to win. A more safe bet offered by NetBet are over 1.5 goals to be scored in the match at odds of 1.31.