The wait is almost over for the Champions League action happening on Tuesday when Manchester United play against İstanbul Başakşehir.
Our Manchester United v İstanbul Başakşehir tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - plus the latest match odds.
Manchester United fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 1-0 Premier League victory against West Bromwich Albion.
In that match, Manchester United managed 63% possession and 17 shots on goal with 7 on target. The only player to score for Manchester United was Bruno Fernandes (56'). For their opponents, West Bromwich Albion got 7 shots on goal with 2 on target.
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that huge efforts have been put in by the Manchester United rearguard. The Red Devils have been miserly, with the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their last six outings standing at 4. We will just have to see if that trend can be continued on here.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Beşiktaş in Super Lig competition, İstanbul Başakşehir will be hoping to turn things around here.
The only scorer from İstanbul Başakşehir was Fredrik Gulbrandsen (81', 90'). Atiba Hutchinson (44'), Cyle Larin (45') and Vincent Aboubakar (72') scored for Beşiktaş.
In as many as 5 of the previous 6 games featuring İstanbul Başakşehir, at least three goals have gone in. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell is 3.67, with the number of goals averaged by İstanbul Başakşehir being 2.17.
Head to head
The last league fixture between these sides was Champions League match day 3 on 04/11/2020 when it finished İstanbul Başakşehir 2-1 Manchester United.
On that occasion, İstanbul Başakşehir managed 31% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Goals were scored by Demba Ba (12') and Edin Višća (40').
At the other end, Manchester United got 11 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Anthony Martial (43') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Davide Massa.
Team News: Manchester United
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Manchester United gaffer Ole Solskjær to contend with due to a largely intact group of players. Eric Bailly (Muscle Injury) won’t play.
Team News: İstanbul Başakşehir
Due to a fully healthy group ready to go, İstanbul Başakşehir manager Okan Buruk has zero fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash.
We feel that Manchester United can and should stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
However, İstanbul Başakşehir might well find it a difficult task to score although we do reckon that they could well end up scoring here.
We can therefore see a 3-1 victory for Manchester United at the end of the match.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Old Trafford (74,879)
Captain: Harry Maguire
Chairman: Joel & Avram Glazer
Manager: Ole Solskjær
Competitions: Premier League position 14, EFL Cup (Quarter-Finals), Champions League (Group H)
⭐ Star Man: Bruno Fernandes
Regularly used in the Centre Midfield position, Bruno Fernandes was born in Maia, Portugal. Having made a first senior appearance for Novara in the 2012 - 2013 season, the skilful Midfielder has hit 5 league goals in the Premier League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 7 appearances.