November 25, 2009
Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT
It's Man Utd - Besiktas at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with the Red Devils knowing that the final two matches of the group stage are nothing more than a formality.
Still, despite the situation, Manchester United will be heavy favourites to increase their lead at the top of Group B on Wednesday, and to potentially clinch first place in the group.
A first place finish would be optimum for Man U, who would then avoid playing any of the other first place finishers from the group stage.
As far as form is concerned, United proved on Saturday evening that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the way the team has been playing as of late. They strolled to an easy 3-0 victory over Everton and rarely gave the visitors a sniff.
Darren Fletcher scored one of the goals of the season with a magnificent side volley that grazed the top of Tim Howard’s goalpost and went straight into the back of the net.
Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia also scored for United in the win, and each will be hoping to carry their form into this Manchester United-Besiktas football clash.
Besiktas sit at the bottom of Group B, with only one point collected from the first four matches. The club has only scored one goal in the competition, which came in a 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow.
Besiktas will aim to finish third in the group, as they would require against Manchester United and then another win at home against CSKA, while relying on a number of other results in order to qualify.
Domestically, however, Besiktas are one of the hottest teams in Europe.
The reigning champions of the Turkish Super Lig started horribly this season, but have now strung together six consecutive victories to claw their way back into the hunt.
They currently sit four points adrift of league leaders Fenerbahce, who they obliterated 3-0 on Saturday.
Manchester United won the first meeting between these two sides by a score of 1-0 in Turkey.
Besiktas are really hitting their stride right now, but against Manchester United at Old Trafford, a win is unlikely for the Turkish side.
Manchester United-Besiktas Prediction : Manchester United 2, Besiktas 0
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