Following their impressive 5-0 thumping of RB Leipzig on match day 2 of this season’s Champions League, Manchester United return to Europe’s elite club competition one week after but on the back of a less-than-impressive Premier League defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

Istanbul Başakşehir have suffered consecutive 2-0 defeats in their maiden UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage campaign, conceding all goals in just one half on both occasions. They’ve now failed to score in six of nine competitive games in 2020/21 (D1, L5), with all five defeats accompanied by a 2-0 scoreline.

That includes a third consecutive all-time UCL home loss (including qualification), suggesting home comforts may not be enough to correct their woes, particularly as they’ve won just one of three Süper Lig home fixtures this term (D1, L1) – all three of which saw the HT result replicated at the final whistle. Furthermore, Başakşehir have lost seven of ten UEFA fixtures (W2, D1) as an outsider at all venues since the start of 2019/20, failing to score in six of those defeats.

They will be vulnerable then against Manchester United, who have opened the scoring within 30 minutes in their last three UEFA encounters (W3). United also scored during both halves in their first two UCL group games, kicking off their UCL campaign with two victories for just the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

United continue to produce some high-scoring affairs on the continental stage, with nine of their last 11 UEFA matches finishing with over 2.5 goals, and the second half the higher scoring half in six of those nine fixtures. That includes a 5-0 win over Leipzig in their last such fixture – United’s biggest UCL victory since November 2013.

While their overall form has been all over the place, the odds favour United to win this one and you can find them on Betpay with 1.40.


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