Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær may have silenced the critics for now with two consecutive wins, but their last UEFA Champions League (UCL) match – the reverse fixture vs İstanbul Başakşehir – was what really piled on the pressure, as the ‘Red Devils’ gifted Başakşehir their first ever points – and goals – in the UCL proper. Whilst that was one of just four defeats in all competitions for United this season, critically, the other three losses came at home (W2, D1, L3).
Still, the three-time European champions remain first in UCL Group H (W2, L1) and have pedigree in this tournament having qualified for the knockout phase in an English-record 18 previous times. A 5-0 win in their previous European home game was also their biggest UCL victory since November 2013, and their sixth consecutive UCL match at Old Trafford that saw one or both sides fail to score (W2, D1, L3).
Before their win versus United, Başakşehir had lost their four prior UCL games ‘to nil’, and travel here after conceding before HT in their last three competitive matches (W2, L1). In fact, despite being the current champions of Turkey, the first-time UCL group stage participants have lost 50% of their competitive matches this season (W5, D1, L6).
The visitors possess an even poorer 62.5% loss rate across all European away games they’ve played in their history, after conceding an average of 2.06 goals per match during those fixtures.
The Red Devils may have lost the reverse fixture in Turkey, but bookies are tipping the former European champions to win at home this time and you can bet on it on Betpay with odds of 1.25.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Basaksehir