Chelsea and Manchester United Start with Winnable Matches in the Champions League
Qarabag make the 6000-mile round trip to Stamford Bridge for the first group stage Champions League match of the season. The Blues have already announced that they will be subsidising their fans for the trip to Azerbaijan in November and there will be a small band of hardy away supporters in West London on Tuesday, September 12.
Antonio Conte’s side can get off to the perfect start against a side who have won just two of their last six away trips in this competition and managed to sneak through on away goals at the expense of FC Copenhagen. Chelsea have bounced back from their opening day defeat at the hands of Burnley with successive victories against Spurs and Everton and will be confident of a straightforward victory here.
Bet365 have priced the Blues at 1/12 for success in front of their own fans whilst odds-on quotes are also available on Manchester United to overcome Swiss Super League side Basel.
The Red Devils qualified for the tournament following their success in the Europa League and will be confident of opening up with a victory at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho’s side stormed to the top of the Premier League table, keeping three consecutive clean sheets in their opening three matches, and summer signing Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running with three goals in as many games.
Trips to face CSKA Moscow and Benfica follow and will provide much sterner tests for Manchester United. However, Mourinho’s pragmatic approach to games will surely make them hard to beat on their travels this season.
The last UEFA Champions League game hosted at Old Trafford was a lifeless 0-0 draw with PSV in November 2015 and the home fans will be hoping for a more entertaining affair when Basel pay a visit to the North West of England.