Manchester United have the opportunity to make it three wins from three in this season’s UEFA Champions League when they travel to Istanbul to face competition debutants Basaksehir, who have yet to score a goal or register a point so far. Andrew Delaney previews Wednesday’s early kick off and provides his best betting tips.
Who is playing?
Basaksehir vs Manchester United
What competition are Basaksehir and Man Utd playing in?
UEFA Champions League
When is Basaksehir vs Man Utd?
17:55 GMT, Wednesday 4th November 2020
What stadium is hosting Basaksehir vs Man Utd?
Fatih Terim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
What channel is Basaksehir vs Man Utd on?
Basaksehir vs Man Utd Summary
There will not be any fans to give Manchester United a raucous, intimidating welcome to Turkey, like they have experienced in the past, and it is unlikely they would have in normal circumstances anyway considering Basaksehir are a club with a tiny fan base, but United often stumble into trouble when travelling to the country on the pitch, only recording three away wins in eight trips.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have made an incredible start though, with two brilliant wins over the fellow heavyweights of the group, PSG and RB Leipzig, whereas Basaksehir have suffered defeat against the same two opponents, failing to score in both encounters. With the Turks taking the role of whipping boys early on, United will be devastated if they cannot take three points here, and in doing so, squandering the chance of putting themselves in an ideal position to qualify for the knockout stages.
Basaksehir Team News and Form
Turkish champions Basaksehir were given the unenviable task of having to navigate a group consisting of last year’s finalists PSG, last season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig and three-time winners Manchester United, in their debut appearance in UEFA’s elite club competition, and it has started just how many imagined, with two defeats from two. Their start to the Super Lig season has been dreadful too, as they were bottom after four games, picking up just one point, but despite a recent upturn in results, they have been unable to transfer that form into Europe.
The Istanbul club have been without first choice right-back Junior Caicara since he went off injured in the first half against Leipzig, and new signing Nacer Chadli, formerly of Tottenham, has yet to feature for the club after joining from Monaco due to injury as well, former Man United full-back Rafael will likely deputise for Caicara. Bosnian forward Edin Visca is the star man, alongside other former Premier League players Demba Ba and Martin Skrtel.
Man Utd Team News and Form:
Man United’s European form has been a welcome distraction from an underwhelming start domestically, which sees them 15th with seven points and just two league wins so far. A win in Paris was followed up by a 5-0 hammering of RB Leipzig meaning they go into the fixture top of the group and playing in the early kick off could see them go six points clear before Leipzig host PSG in the later round of fixtures.
Solskjaer sprung a surprise with his starting eleven against Leipzig, naming Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford on the bench, but that did not stop the local lad from bagging a hat-trick as a substitute though, as United ran riot in the final quarter of the game. With Anthony Martial still suspended for domestic matches, he is expected to start again in Europe and there was also just a second start at the club for Donny van de Beek last Wednesday, while Mason Greenwood was given a first start since their 6-1 loss against Spurs in the same match and got himself on the scoresheet.
Basaksehir Last Five Matches
- Konyaspor (A) 1-2 Super Lig win
- PSG (H) 0-2 Champions League loss
- Antalyaspor (H) 5-1 Super Lig win
- RB Leipzig (A) 2-0 Champions League loss
- Trabzonspor (A) 0-2 Super Lig win
Man Utd Last Five Matches
- Arsenal (H) 0-1 Premier League loss
- RB Leipzig (H) 5-0 Champions League win
- Chelsea (H) 0-0 Premier League draw
- PSG (A) 1-2 Champions League win
- Newcastle (A) 1-4 Premier League win
Due to Basaksehir’s very brief history as a club, the two have never met before, but Basaksehir have faced English opponents in the past. In 2018, they were paired with Burnley in Europa League qualifying and lost 1-0 on aggregate after a defeat at Turf Moor.
Basaksehir will be the fifth different Turkish side United have faced in Europe, after Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Bursaspor. On their last two trips to Turkey, the Red Devils have fallen to defeat, Fenerbahce in 2016 and Galatasaray in 2012.
Basaksehir Top Scorers
Edin Visca (3 Goals) – It has been an awful start on all fronts for the side from Istanbul, but their iconic Bosnian forward who fired them to the title last season has been a shining light despite a poor start, scoring goals in two of their three league wins so far.
Irfan Can Kahveci (2 Goals) – Kahveci, like Visca, has scored in two of their three league wins so far over Trabzonspor and Antalyaspor, and the 25-year-old was another regular as they won a first ever title in July, which also earned him a regular spot in the Turkish national side.
Man Utd Top Scorers
Marcus Rashford (7 Goals, 4 in Europe) – The man who has made headlines off the pitch for all the right reasons has continued to do so on the pitch as well, after scoring hat-trick in a 28-minute cameo against Leipzig to follow on from scoring a late winner in Paris the week previously.
Bruno Fernandes (4 Goals, 1 in Europe) – United’s new Red Devil has been a revelation since joining in January, and he has continued his influential form, scoring four goals already after netting 12 in 22 last season.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides.
- Basaksehir were founded just six years ago.
- Only three clubs have played more Champions League games than Man United, with this being their 280th, in comparison, this will be Basaksehir’s third.
- The two sides would have met in last season’s Europa League quarter-finals, but Basaksehir blew a first leg lead and were knocked out by Copenhagen.
- Strangely, this stadium hosted a neutral Europa League fixture last Thursday, between Qarabag and Villarreal.
Andrew’s Betting Tips
Basaksehir have conceded over 1.5 goals in both group stage fixtures so far, while Man United have scored over 1.5 in both of theirs, whilst overall, achieving the feat in two-thirds of their games this season across all competitions. Basaksehir’s ropey start on all fronts has seen them keep only two clean sheets in nine games.
Despite United’s defensive problems, they have kept two clean sheets in three against Chelsea and Leipzig, as the back five of de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw look more settled than they did a few weeks back. Basaksehir have been goal-shy this season, failing to score in six of their nine games, and they will need a perfect performance if they are to shut out the visitors’ potent attack.
The Portuguese midfielder is United’s designated penalty taker, and no English side have received more penalties than the Red Devils since the start of last season. Fernandes is also a keen long shot taker and has found the net on more than one occasion from range for United.
*Odds as of time of writing (Sunday 1st November 2020) and subject to change
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