There has been no stopping Manchester United in the Premier League so far this season, with the Red Devils enjoying wins against West Brom, Spurs, Arsenal and Bolton.
18 goals have been scored in those four matches and Sir Alex Ferguson’s team now head to Portugal where the Scot will be looking for his side to take three points against a team that will probably be their nearest competitor in the group.
You can back United at 10/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory although there are not too many teams that win at Estádio da Luz and we should remember that Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are missing in central defence, while Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck is injured.
Two players that are fit and raring to go are Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez, although considering that United are playing Chelsea on Sunday, it will be interesting to see whether Ferguson starts with the pair. Rooney will be typically keen to play and it is noticeable that he is on offer at a best price 11/2 to score the first goal (William Hill – £25 free betting).
Benfica have enjoyed a bright start to their league campaign after three wins and a draw from their opening quartet of matches and they have managed to score nine goals in these games. Ladbrokes offer a best price 10/3 that the home side claim victory and the draw can certainly not be ruled out at 11/4.
That would not represent a bad result for United who will feel confident of winning all their Champions League matches at Old Trafford, with Oscar Cardozo the man that Phil Jones and Jonny Evans have to watch, with the Paraguayan striker on offer at 7/1 to score the opening goal of the game.