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The Champions League rages on for a third straight week offering up more exciting midweek fixtures. On Wednesday night, Manchester United can nearly stamp their ticket into the knockout stage against Istanbul Basaksehir with a win. The Red Devils have been excellent in Champions League Group H claiming six points from six.

Istanbul Basakasehir are winless thus far and sit on zero points after two games. The good news for the Turkish side is that they are just three points off of second place. A shock win could move them into third place but that would depend on the result of the game between Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.

Group H has been a weird won thus far. On matchday 2, Manchester United smashed RB Leipzig 5-0. No one saw last season’s semifinalists being beaten like that. In the other match, Paris Saint-Germain struggled to defeat Istanbul Basaksehir. Although they won 2-0, the Turkish club should have got on the scoresheet.

Manchester United may have claimed two wins in the Champions League, but they slumped to another home loss in the league on Sunday. Which Red Devils team will show up in Istanbul?

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Manchester United have lost three times this season in all competitions. All three of those losses came at Old Trafford. Arsenal’s penalty-winner from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners all three points on Sunday. Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have been hot and cold in the Premier League – they currently sit 15th -- they have been excellent in Europe.

It should be noted that their 5-0 win versus RB Leipzig was flattering to them. Although Solskjaer set the team up well and they were organised, a controversial VAR call ruled Manchester United’s goal not to be offside. From there, RB Leipzig didn’t offer much and after the second goal, they fell apart.

Manchester United are +8 in goals this season in all competitions. They have allowed 14 goals and scored 22. They average scoring a goal in 65th minute of games. Five of their seven goals scored in the Champions League all came in the second half.

After winning the Turkish Super Liga last season, Istanbul Basaksehir have been atrocious. They have won just three of nine games in all competitions. Although they have lost back-to-back Champions League matches, their last two Super Liga fixtures did end in wins. They are coming off of a 2-1 win over Konyaspor at weekend.

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Coming out of Sunday’s loss to Arsenal, Solskjaer has four players populating his injury list. All five have been long-term issues and have not played in a few matches. Summer signing Alex Telles remains out after testing positive for COVID-19. He is more likely to return at the weekend or after the next international break.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are both long-term absentees. Neither will make the team this week. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof will continue in defence. Manchester United may be giving up goals in the league, but have conceded just once in 180 minutes of Champions League football.

Solskjaer will have forward Anthony Martial for the game on Wednesday night. The French forward did not play against Arsenal due to a red card suspension. Jesse Lingard is ruled out due to a fitness problem.

Although they have conceded just four goals, Istanbul Basaksehir have allowed just four goals to opponents in the Champions League. Manager Okan Buruk has three players on his injury list. Nacer Chadli is a doubt due to a knock. Okechukwu Azubuike is also a doubt due to a knock. Buruk is without Junior Caicara, who is out of action due to a long-term injury.

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Manchester United Prediction

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes lives from the penalty spot. If the Red Devil get a spot-kick, expect the Portuguese player to step up and get the goal. Manchester United have received three penalties in the league and two more in the Champions League (five all together). Four of the five penalties have been scored by the club. In both Champions League matchdays thus far, Manchester United have scored penalties.

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Fernandes scored on matchday 1 versus Paris Saint-Germain, putting away a penalty in the first half. Fernandes was rested for much of the game versus RB Leipzig. The midfielder continues to get poor reviews from onlookers for his current Manchester United performances and it appears the honeymoon is over at Old Trafford. Fernandes should bounce back against a bad Istanbul Basaksehir team on Wednesday night.

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Manchester United saw over 2.5 goals in their previous two Champions League games this season. They average 2.20 goals per game in all competitions on their own this season. Istanbul Basaksehir allowed 1.33 goals per game in all competitions. Eight of Manchester United’s 10 games in 2020-21 finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They should get amongst the goals once more this week away in Turkey.

Solskjaer’s side could test their first defeat in the Champions League this season on Wednesday night. They won’t drop points because Istanbul Basaksehir will outplay them, rather it will be due to Manchester United underplaying. The Red Devils’ good performances continue to overshadow the issues at play.

Manchester United should control Wednesday night’s game and claim a win. It is likely to be another victory that will continue the hot and cold performances of the Red Devils. Solskjaer’s team are fortunate that this season’s worst Premier League sides are so bad that the relegation race is more a landslide of atrocious EFL Championship-quality teams.

Manchester United will claim an away win in Turkey and move one step closer to progression to the knockout stage. Expect them to fool onlookers with another good European performance.

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