Manchester United vs Benfica: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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Laurence Griffiths
The Red Devils have the knockout stage in their sights as they welcome the Lisbon outfit to Old Trafford for the second round of group games

Manchester United can take a step closer to the Champions League knockout stage with a positive result against Benfica at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho's side are currently top of Group A having taken maximum points from their opening three games and a win over the Portuguese giants could be enough to ensure their place in the last 16 heading into the final two games.

Defeat for Benfica, on the other hand, will probably spell the end of their Champions League adventure as they come into the match with zero points. 

Game Manchester United vs Benfica
Date Tuesday, October 31
Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Anthony Martial Manchester United 2017

In the UK, viewers will be able to watch the game live on television on BT Sport 3 or stream live online using the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 3 BT Sport app

The game will be broadcast live on television in the US on FS1. Viewers can also stream the game live online using Fox Sports GO or WatchESPN.

US TV channel Online stream
FS1 Fox Sports GO / WatchESPN

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Manchester United players
Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira, O'Hara
Defenders Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe
Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Fellaini, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay
Forwards Lukaku, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic, Wilson

Eric Bailly is back in action having featured as part of a three-man defence against Tottenham, but Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are all still injured.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are nearing returns but the duo are unlikely to play a part on Tuesday.

Potential Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Smalling; Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young; Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku.

Position Benfica players
Goalkeepers Svilar, Cesar, Varela, Duarte
Defenders Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisao, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel, Almeida, Amaral, Dias, Alvaro, Ferreira
Midfielders Fejsa, Augusto, Samaris, Zivkovic, Salvio, Pizzi, Silva, Florentino, Felix, Fernandes, Carvalho
Forwards Jiminez, Jonas, Gabigol, Seferovic, Servi, Gomes, Felipe, Goncalves

Benfica will be without the services of Luisao and Andre Almeida, who are suspended, while Jardel is ruled out of action due to injury.

Potential Benfica starting XI:  Svilar; Douglas, Dias, Eliseu, Grimaldo; Fejsa, Pizzi, Augusto, Goncalves, Salvio; Seferovic.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Jose Mourinho Manchester United

Manchester United are heavy favourites to win at 1/3 according to dabblebet, with Benfica considered a 9/1 bet to win at Old Trafford. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 17/4.

Romelu Lukaku is a 2/1 bet to open the scoring, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both deemed to be 4/1 options.

Click here to see all the available markets for the Champions League clash between Man United and Benfica, including correct score and more.


GAME PREVIEW


Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 2017

Manchester United managed to weather the storm following their shock defeat to Huddersfield Town last week by picking up convincing victories against Swansea City and Tottenham, so they will be aiming to carry that momentum into Europe where they can effectively ensure their place among the elite with a win.

The Red Devils began the season at a blistering pace, but they have gradually slowed down, as results have shown, with injuries and loss of form having an impact on their performances.

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One player in particular who has suffered from the team's blip is Romelu Lukaku, having failed to find the net in any of his previous five outings. The Belgium international has not scored for his club in the entire month of October, but he has a chance to amend that on Tuesday.

Indeed, with a crunch Premier League clash away to Chelsea coming swiftly after the game against Benfica, Mourinho will be hopeful that his chief goal threat can rediscover the kind of form that has seen him tally 11 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season so far.

A single goal separated Man United from Benfica when the sides met in Lisbon earlier in the month but, with the home advantage and some key players returning, the Red Devils will be confident that they can see themselves over the line without fuss on Tuesday.

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