Manchester United head into their 4th Champions League fixture of the season on the back of a large amount of criticism of their playing style in recent weeks. But, as is so often the case with José Mourinho sides, their results are difficult to argue with.
It’s 3 wins from 3 thus far with only 1 goal conceded, and another 3 points tonight would guarantee them top spot in Group A at the earliest possible opportunity.
Their opponents are a Benfica side that currently sits 3rd in their domestic league, and have seriously struggled in Europe this term too. With 3 defeats from 3 including a humiliating 5-0 battering at the hands of FC Basel, they will have to seriously up their game if they’re to cause an upset at Old Trafford.
Our Ultimate Form Guide, however, suggests that’s highly unlikely, with United out-performing their opponents in 16 out of 18 key statistical areas.
In attack, Mourinho’s supposedly dull side are averaging a full goal per game more than Benfica, and their conversion rate of 20% is highly impressive.
At the back, United are absolutely flying. 6 of their 7 outings on home turf this season have ended in clean sheets, and their star goalkeeper David de Gea was absent for the one game in which they did concede. In short, even getting an away goal looks like a formidable challenge for Benfica.
Overall, it’s almost impossible to look past United for the win tonight. Guaranteeing qualification is a reward worth pursuing with a strong team selection, even with Chelsea to come at the weekend, and Mourinho’s men will be going all out for victory. With odds of 18/1 on a home win available to new Betfair customers, there can surely be no better bet in Europe.