Our football match prediction:
Benfica made a slow start to their Champions League campaign, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of CSKA Moscow and Basel. The Eagles experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the heavy 5-0 loss to Basel and, no doubt, coach Rui Vitoria is under big pressure ahead of Wednesday’s football match against Manchester United. The Portuguese side are desperate to grab something from the game and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against Jose Mourinho’s troops. The Red Devils outplayed the likes of Basel and CSKA Moscow in the first two group games and a win over Benfica would see them move one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages. Seeing that hosts are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach, we predict that Romelu Lukaku and Co. will have a number of opportunities to score on the break and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Lisandro Lopez):
Lisandro Lopez is an Argentine defender who joined Portugal giants Benfica in 2013 on a five-year deal from the Argentine side Arsenal de Sarandi. Once considered a huge prospect, Lisandro Lopez was linked with a move to Arsenal, AC Milan and Malaga before his move to Portugal. The 26-year-old defender however failed to live up to the expectations so far with the Aguias having made only 23 Primeira Liga appearances in three years with the Portugal giants. Lisandro Lopez was initially loaned out to Spanish La Liga side Getafe where he played 27 games during the 2013-14 season. Brought back on a promise of first-team football, Lopez did not quite manage to establish himself as a first-team regular as he was sparingly used during the previous two seasons in Portugal. The Argentine defender did play some part in Benfica’s European challenges having managed 4 Champions League appearances so far.
Highlighted Team (Manchester United):
Over the years Manchester United have established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Red Devils have won three European Cup (Champions League) trophies and they have clinched no less than 20 Premier League titles. A number of top-class players were part of Manchester United in the past, but, no doubt, the club’s biggest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the team for 26 years. During Alex Ferguson’s spell at Old Trafford the club won a number of trophies, but the Red Devils have been struggling in all competitions ever since he retired. Louis van Gaal helped Manchester United win the FA Cup trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with Jese Lingard scoring the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium. The likes of Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona are the football stars that graced Old Trafford for Manchester United.