When Manchester United won 1-0 at Benfica in the Champions League Jose Mourinho was criticised for trying to avoid defeat rather than winning the match. His side parked a fleet of buses at Anfield against a Liverpool side with a dodgy defence. Despite this approach United are second in the Premier League and one win away from progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
That victory should come at Old Trafford tonight when Benfica are the opponents. The fixture has resonance because United beat the side from Portugal at Wembley when they became the first English club to win the old European Cup in 1968. There’s no Best, Charlton and Law playing tonight but United are good enough to win MINUS ONE GOAL on the handicap and you can back that outcome at 11/10 with Betfair.
Roma have won eight of their last ten matches and can improve on that record by beating Chelsea in the Italian capital tonight. Premier League teams have played 15 group matches in the Champions League this season and as a group are unbeaten. Assuming United take care of Benfica Chelsea are the side most likely to spoil that record this evening. The sides drew 3-3 in the home match so ROMA are the bet to beat Chelsea in the return fixture at 1/2 with Ladbrokes.
Bangor is the only racecourse in Britain that does not have a grandstand and a large sloping grass verge serves the purpose. The crowd see the finish head on as the winning post is about 100 yards away from the viewing area. Whatever the perspective of the race Cave Top looks the standout racing bet of the day in the 3.05pm race at the track. The horse has a penalty for a facile win last week but that is manageable which means CAVE TOP must be backed at 15/8 with Coral.