Manchester United v Benfica – 101 Great Goals prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Benfica
Manchester United have won seven out of seven at Old Trafford this season.
Despite a number of injury concerns, the Red Devils will be confident of preserving their 100% record in the competition.
Manchester United v Benfica betting tips
Manchester United are unexpectedly favourites to win the match at 1/3.
Benfica are a whopping 10/1 to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Draw at half-time and Manchester United to win at full time, looks like an attractive offer at 13/5.
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Manchester United v Benfica: Premier League preview
Manchester United host Benfica at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Jose Mourinho’s side head into the match as Group A leaders, having won all three of their matches so far.
Another win for Manchester United would guarantee them a spot in the round of sixteen for the first time since the 2013/14 season, regardless of the result in the match between Basel and CSKA Moscow.
In stark contrast, Benfica have lost all three of their matches. Realistically, the Portuguese club will be aiming for third place in the group, which would see them transfer into the Europa League.
Man United and Benfica faced each other in the reverse fixture in Portugal a fortnight ago. United claimed three points after 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar – the youngest ‘keeper to ever appear in the competition – bizarrely carried the ball over his goal line.
Since then, United have won two and lost one of their three matches. Anthony Martial came off the bench to score the winner in Saturday’s crucial 1-0 win over Spurs. The result keeps United within touching distance of Premier League leaders and rivals Manchester City.
Benfica also won 1-0 at the weekend. Top scorer Jonas netted his 12th goal of the season as Rui Vitoria’s saw off Feirense.
Benfica are third in the Primeira Liga, five points behind Mourinho’s former club Porto.
Manchester United team news v Benfica
Paul Pogba has returned to training, although Tuesday’s match will likely come too soon for the Frenchman.
Marouane Fellaini remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are long-term absentees.
Victor Lindelof is in contention to face his former side, although his recent error against Huddersfield may limit his chances.
Nemanja Matic will almost certainly start in midfield against his old club.
Benfica team news v Manchester United
Luisao is suspended for Tuesday night. The Brazilian defender was sent off in second-half stoppage time in the reverse fixture.
Right-back Almeida could return after serving a one-match ban for his straight red against Basel.
Defender Jardel is likely to miss out again, while Douglas is a doubt after spraining his ankle.