Champions League 2017: How Does Manchester United Compare with its Opponents?

The grueling and highly anticipated wait for the announcement of who their opponents in the Champions League will be over for the Manchester United. Fresh from winning the Europa League, the English football team has been recently drawn in the Champions League Group A. This means Manchester will play against other teams in the Champions League Group A roster: CSKA Moscow, Basel, and Benfica.

For the fans who want to watch the first Champions League games, these are scheduled on September 12 and 13.

Here is a quick look and a bit of analysis on how the Manchester United fares against their opponents:

CSKA Moscow

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CSKA Moscow, the Russian professional football club that has been existing for more than a century, has a lot of achievements tucked under its belt, including six Russian Premier League championships and seven Soviet Top League titles.

Will the odds be in favor of the Reds versus the Horses?

If the last game of the two teams were to be judged, the Manchester United has the edge because of its 1-0 win against the CSKA. But it was not good enough for the Reds to move on, placing third overall and just one rank above CSKA, which was in fourth place.

Basel

Fussball Club Basel, one of the most successful Swiss football clubs, is famous for winning 20 Swiss Super League titles. Will the Swiss team outperform the English team?

In the history of the Champions League, the two professional football clubs had competed against each other for four times. Basel won 2-1 in the latest game, while the United won one game, lost another, and drew two games. The last defeat of the Reds kept the team from advancing the group stage. On the other hand, Basel (along with Benfrica) moved on to become one of the top two finishers that year.

Benfica

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The Lisbon-based Sport Lisboa e Benfica is touted as the most successful Portuguese football club, having won more than 80 overall titles and almost 80 local titles in its 113-year existence.

Out of the nine matches between the Reds and Benfica, the English team won six games.

Will Manchester United beat all the rivals in the Champions League this year? Who are the strongest contenders for the championship? Let us know your thoughts!

7 Football Betting Tips: A Guide for Beginners

Aside from being a game spectator, there is another way to enjoy football—staking your money on a team that has the highest chance of winning.

How will you do just that if you have no experience yet? Here is a list of tips for first-time football bettors.

1. Bet with your head, not with your heart

One of the worst mistakes anyone can make when betting on football is placing their money on a team they want to win. Bet on a team because you think it has a great chance of winning, not just because it is your favorite team.

2. Bet what you can only afford to lose

Responsible betting means avoiding to overstretch your budget. Before you place your bets, you have to figure out first the amount of money you can afford to lose.

3. Use football betting sites

Online betting is a safe and convenient option, especially those who are learning and doing sports betting for the first time. Through football betting sites, you will also enjoy the best lines and odds, as well as rewards and bonuses.

4. Have tons of patience

Beginner’s luck may be real—or not. There is no guarantee when you will win a bet. You can always strive to become a better football bettor, but you cannot expect to win all the time.

5. Do not bet on an exhibition game

Also called friendlies, exhibition games are very unpredictable for beginners. You will be better off placing your bets on actual football games.

6. Compare lines and odds

These two important betting elements, depending on your pick, can give you higher payouts and higher chances of winning your wagers.

7. Enjoy!

If you focus so much on raking in profits, you will lose the joy and thrill of football betting. So do not ever forget to enjoy your time!

4 Must-Have Books in Every Manchester United Fan’s Library

Looking for books that are worthwhile for your weekend reading or as a gift to a family or friend who is a Manchester United fan? Here is our list of highly recommended books that will definitely put a smile on a Red fan’s face.

1. “The Promised Land” by Daniel Harris

Relive the glory days of the Reds with “The Promised Land” written by Daniel Harris. The book narrates the defining moments in the history of not only the Manchester United but also of football when the team bagged the Premier League, the Champions League, and the FA Cup in 1998 to 1999. The United is the only team so far to achieve this in more than 50 years’ worth of attempts.

2. “Forever Young” by Oliver Kay

The book narrates the story of Adrian Doherty who was a Manchester United apprentice and was close to starting his professional football career when it fell apart after suffering from a crippling knee injury.

3. “Red: My Autobiography” by Gary Neville

Fans of Gary Neville, an English football coach and former player, will surely be delighted having his autobiography on hand. When he retired in 2011, Neville was one of the longest-serving players of the Manchester United, having spent his whole football career at the Old Trafford. Get to know what the esteemed one-club man and outspoken Manchester United Football Club representative has to say about his life and career.

4. “Duncan Edwards: The Greatest” by James Leighton

Tragic heroism is what you can gather from the story of Duncan Edwards (as told to James Leighton), considered one of the greatest football players in history. Edwards was a key Manchester United player, helping the English team reach the European Cup semi-finals and bag the Premier League and Champions League titles in just a span of 5 years. Beneath his being a football superstar, Edwards is a man worthy of anyone’s respect. Be inspired by his life story through Leighton’s book.