UCL Preview: Matchday 7

The group stage actions continues in Europe’s elite club competition and we’ve got you covered for value. Here’s our best picks out of matchday 7 of the Champions League. 

Basel v CSKA Moscow

Aside from an away loss to Manchester United, Basel have been exceptional in this season’s Champions League. The Swiss champions have won two straight and are coming off a very solid 2-0 victory over their CSKA in Moscow. That win surely holds them in supreme stead for this reverse fixture in Switzerland.

CSKA Moscow have conceded six goals in their past two games and have only managed one win in their past eight away games in this competition.

Basel’s lead front man Dimitri Oberlin destroyed CSKA in Russia and he will once again be an absolute handful in front of his home crowd along with Taulant Xhaka, who had a goal and an assist last game. A win for Basel all but assures them qualification to the next stage and we expect them to do exactly that.

Prediction: Basel @ $1.83

Manchester United v Benfica

English giants Manchester United have not been particularly explosive like some of the other big name teams on their return to the Champions League this season, but they’ve been incredibly efficient. Currently boasting a 100 percent record, United host bottom-placed Benfica with an eye to securing qualification to the next round.

Despite going without a goal in his last three games in both the league and the Champions League, Romelu Lukaku has been extraordinary for United this season. The Belgian target-man has scored a total of 10 goals this season including three in his first three Champions League matches.

This Benfica side have really struggled defensively in this group and and they are without a win in their last five matches against Manchester United – giving up at least two goals in their last three games.

Lukaku should get plenty of chances against a very desperate Portuguese side and we certainly expect him to take at least one.

Prediction: Lukaku to score anytime @ $1.74

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