Manchester United return to the Champions League after two years and take on Basel of Switzerland.
Aside from Marcus Rashford’s breakthrough, Man Utd never really set the continent on fire last season despite going all the way in the Europa League. It was much the same in the Premier League where they drew 10 times at Old Trafford, scuppering any chance of fighting for the title. However, they appear a better side this term and have won their opening two home games, plundering six goals while retaining that excellent defensive record from before. Given Basel have lost four of five winless matches away in Europe since February 2016, and have failed to score in seven of their nine defeats in Europe since 2013/14, we expect Man Utd to win to nil.
Tip: Man Utd
Man Utd v Basel [To Win To Nil]
Basel have struggled in recent seasons when travelling to top-20 sides in Europe, losing six out of seven since 2013/14 and failing to score in five. They lost the first half in all seven of these games, but with Man Utd having drawn the first half in nine of their last 13 at home in Europe, and in seven of their last eight against teams we have ranked between 25th and 45th (we have Basel 35th), we think there’s greater value to be found backing Draw/Man Utd HT/FT instead. Especially as the Red Devils have only scored one first-half goal in their opening two home games this season.
Tip: Draw/Man Utd
Man Utd v Basel [Half Time/Full Time]
Basel have conceded at least three times in five of their last six trips to top-20 sides in Europe, with 3-0 the correct score in half of these games. Given Man Utd have added firepower this season with Lukaku, we’re backing the 3-0 correct score. Indeed, Man Utd have netted three times during the second half against both West Ham and Swansea already this season.
Tip: Man Utd 3-0
Man Utd v Basel [Correct Score]
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