Manchester United will be looking to put their defeat in Istanbul three weeks ago behind them and beat the Turkish side at Old Trafford this evening to maintain their lead at the top of Group H and get closer to reaching the knockout stages.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were 1-0 winners at home to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier Laegue on Saturday night, whilst tonight’s opponents were beaten across the city at Besiktas earlier in the day.
Here are 10 stats ahead of Manchester United vs Istanbul Basaksehir:
1 – Istanbul Basaksehir’s only previous trip to England in European competition was a 0-1 extra-time loss at Burnley in the 2018-19 Europa League.
2 – Both of the Turkish Super Lig’s side’s goals in their first three games of this season’s competition came in the first meeting between these two sides.
2 – Nemanja Matic and Demba Ba played together for Chelsea in 2013-14. They could face each other tonight.
4 – Basaksehir are one of four clubs making their Champions League group stage debut in 2020/21, along with Krasnodar, Midtjylland, and Rennes.
5 – Istanbul Basaksehir’s five-match unbeaten Turkish Super Lig run (W4, D1) came to an end on Saturday with a 3-2 loss at Besiktas. Both consolation goals were scored in the final nine minutes.
10 – The Turkish club have lost 10 of their 16 away matches in Europe overall (W3, D3).
18 – Manchester United have reached the knockout phrase in 18 of their 23 Champions League campaigns, winning the group 15 times. Victory tonight would put them on course for their 19th success.
47% – Manchester United have only won eight of their 17 Champions League ties versus Turkish opponents (D3, L6).
50 – Paul Pogba’s next appearance in the Champions League will be his 50th in the competition.
50 – Edinson Cavani’s next goal in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.