UEFA Champions League Preview: Basaksehir vs Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes-Manchester United

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Manchester United

Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium 

Betting Odds: Basaksehir 7/1 ; Draw 15/4 ; Manchester United 2/5

Key Stats

  • This will be first meeting of these two teams in any competition.
  • Basaksehir met only one English team in European competition that is Burnley which they lost.
  • Manchester United previously played and lost to two Turkish opponents, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
  • Basaksehir have previously lost two opening games, Manchester united have won their previous two matches. So with next win Manchester united can secure a knockout stage berth, whereas for Basaksehir tomorrow’s match would be very important do they want to stay in the tournament.

Istanbul Basaksehir

Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Nacer Chadli has not yet played for Istanbul Basaksehir after joining this summer, due to injury, while captain Mahmut Tekdemir is a doubt after missing last two matches. Right-back Junior Caicara, who is a long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles tendon and unavailable for the match. The French forward Enzo Crivelli received injury during the weekend win over Konyaspor and will be doubtful for the match.

BasaksehirPossible Line-up

Mert Günok; Rafael, Škrtel, Epureanu, Bolingoli; Mehmet Topal, İrfan Can Kahveci, Aleksić; Deniz Türüç, Višća, Ba

Unavailable Players

Caiçara (achilles)

Doubtful Players

Okechukwu (unspecified), Chadli (unspecified), Crivelli (muscular), Mahmut Tekdemir (unspecified)

Manchester United

Eric Bailly will not be available for sometime now and could only return after international break, while Alex Telles is in isolation after a positive COVID-19 test result. Jesse Lingard has resumed training and was pictured last week as he is recovering from injury, but Phil Jones – who has not been included in the Champions League squad – won’t return until December after an operation.

Manchester UnitedPossible Line-up 

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Shaw; Matić, Fred, Pogba, Bruno Fernandes; Rashford, Martial

Unavailable Players

Telles (illness), Bailly (muscular), Lingard (knock)

Apart from being a bit flat and disappointed [after the Arsenal defeat], as you’d expect, there are no more injuries and I think the squad will look similar again,” Ole told us, ahead of his press conference.

Jesse has trained. We’ll see if there is any reaction. He trained today [Monday]. We’ll see if there is any reaction. He might be able to travel to Istanbul but we’re not sure yet. It’s looking brighter.

Alex needs to be negative on his next test, so let’s hope we can get him back as soon as possible.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Manchester United manager