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Hello and welcome to our roboblogger liveblog, where we will bring you all of the latest score updates and action from tonight's Champions League matches. You can follow live updates by our real-life human writers for games featuring teams from England: Benfica vs Manchester United Chelsea vs Roma Meanwhile, those of you interested in score updates from the following games should stick around: Bayern Munich v Celtic Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid CSKA Moscow vs Basel Anderlecht vs Paris Saint-Germain Barcelona vs Olympiakos Juventus vs Sporting Scottish champions Celtic face a tough task if they are to come away with anything from Munich, while PSG are favourites to extend their lead at the top of Group B. Atletico Madrid have taken just one point from their opening two Champions League fixtures, but a trip to Azerbaijani side Qarabag could be the pill to kickstart their campaign. Barcelona currently top Group D and a positive result at home to Olympiakos will keep them in pole position to advance, with Sporting and Juventus battling it out for second place. 8:58PM One-way traffic at Allianz Arena It's been all FC Bayern, with the hosts racking up 15 shots so far - Celtic have managed just three in reply. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:54PM GOAL! Mats Hummels makes it 3-0 and puts FC Bayern firmly in the driving seat now. FC Bayern 3 - 0 Celtic (Mats Hummels, 51 min) 8:51PM One-way traffic at Camp Nou It's been all Barcelona, with the hosts racking up 15 shots so far - Olympiakos have managed just one in reply. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:49PM Second half: Benfica 0-0 Man Utd The action restarts at Estádio da Luz. 8:49PM Second half: Juventus 1-1 Sporting The second 45 has begun at Allianz Stadium. 8:48PM Second half: Anderlecht 0-2 Paris SG We're back under way at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 8:48PM Second half: Barcelona 1-0 Olympiakos The action restarts at Camp Nou. 8:48PM Second half: Chelsea 2-1 Roma We're back under way at Stamford Bridge. 8:48PM Second half: FC Bayern 2-0 Celtic The second 45 has begun at Allianz Arena. 8:46PM Second half: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Basel The second 45 has begun at VEB Arena. 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time: Barcelona 1-0 Olympiakos The first 45 minutes is up at Camp Nou. 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time: Benfica 0-0 Man Utd The half-time whistle blows at Estádio da Luz. 8:34PM Half time: Chelsea 2-1 Roma The half-time whistle blows at Stamford Bridge. 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:33PM Half time: Anderlecht 0-2 Paris SG The half-time whistle blows at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 8:33PM Olympiakos were unadventurous in the first 45 Olympiakos managed just a solitary, off-target shot in the first half. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:33PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:33PM Half time: Juventus 1-1 Sporting The half-time whistle blows at Allianz Stadium. 8:33PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM Celtic were unadventurous in the first 45 Celtic managed just a solitary, off-target shot in the first half. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: FC Bayern 2-0 Celtic The first 45 minutes is up at Allianz Arena. 8:31PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:31PM Half time: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Basel The first 45 minutes is up at VEB Arena. 8:31PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM GOAL! Edinson Cavani adds a second for Paris SG - it's now 0-2! Anderlecht 0 - 2 Paris SG (Edinson Cavani, 44 min) 8:29PM The home side needing no invitation to shoot so far Barcelona have frequently threatened the Olympiakos goal - 13 shots have been attempted, with five of them on target. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:28PM Red card! Gerard Piqué sent off for Barcelona William Collum shows Gerard Piqué a second yellow card - he's off. 8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:26PM GOAL! Aleksandar Kolarov has halved the deficit for Roma and it's now 2-1. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min) 8:24PM GOAL! Roma up against it now - Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 to Chelsea. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM Barcelona making inroads into the visitors' territory The home side are starting to get hold of the ball in the final third against Olympiakos. Barcelona vs Olympiakos 8:23PM Olympiakos finally have a shot of their own Olympiakos finally register their first shot, but Barcelona have already fired in 11 so far. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:22PM FC Bayern making inroads into the visitors' territory The home side are starting to get hold of the ball in the final third against Celtic. FC Bayern vs Celtic 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:17PM Neither side able to dictate the game so far Juventus having more of the ball so far, with 223 touches to 195 from Sporting. Juventus vs Sporting 8:16PM The home side needing no invitation to shoot so far FC Bayern have frequently threatened the Celtic goal - ten shots have been attempted, with five of them on target. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:15PM GOAL! Celtic up against it now - Joshua Kimmich makes it 2-0 to FC Bayern. FC Bayern 2 - 0 Celtic (Joshua Kimmich, 29 min) 8:15PM GOAL! 1-1: Miralem Pjanic scores the leveller for Juventus. Juventus 1 - 1 Sporting (Miralem Pjanic, 29 min) 8:14PM GOAL! Taulant Xhaka scores for Basel to make it 0-1! CSKA Moscow 0 - 1 Basel (Taulant Xhaka, 29 min) 8:14PM Basel have their first sight of goal Basel respond to the earlier CSKA Moscow effort with their first shot of the game. CSKA Moscow vs Basel shots on goal 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:05PM OWN GOAL! Calamity for Dimitris Nikolaou, who puts the ball past his own goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Barcelona 1 - 0 Olympiakos (Dimitris Nikolaou, 18 min) 8:04PM Juventus have their first strike at goal Juventus respond to the earlier Sporting effort with their first shot of the game. Juventus vs Sporting shots on goal 8:03PM GOAL! Thomas Müller scores for FC Bayern to make it 1-0! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Celtic (Thomas Müller, 17 min) 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:02PM Celtic hit back Celtic register their first shot, in response to two so far from FC Bayern. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:01PM FC Bayern and Celtic yet to find a way through Tense opening quarter of an hour at Allianz Arena, as FC Bayern and Celtic struggle to get shots on goal FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:01PM CSKA Moscow and Basel yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at VEB Arena - CSKA Moscow and Basel keeping each other at bay. CSKA Moscow vs Basel shots on goal 7:58PM OWN GOAL! Alex Sandro scores at the wrong end to make it 0-1 Juventus 0 - 1 Sporting (Alex Sandro, 12 min) 7:57PM GOAL! Chelsea take an early lead and they have David Luiz to thank for it: 1-0. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) 7:56PM Barcelona enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Barcelona have had 122 touches of the ball compared to 32 by Olympiakos. Barcelona vs Olympiakos 7:53PM Anderlecht threaten for the first time Following the earlier Paris SG effort, Anderlecht register their first attempt at goal. Anderlecht vs Paris SG shots on goal 7:52PM Chelsea have their first strike at goal Chelsea respond to the earlier Roma effort with their first shot of the game. Chelsea vs Roma shots on goal 7:49PM GOAL! Paris SG take an early lead and they have Kylian Mbappe to thank for it: 0-1. Anderlecht 0 - 1 Paris SG (Kylian Mbappe, 3 min) 7:47PM Kick off: Benfica vs Man Utd We're under way at Estádio da Luz. 7:46PM Kick off: Barcelona vs Olympiakos They're off and running at Camp Nou. 7:46PM Kick off: Juventus vs Sporting The action gets started at Allianz Stadium. 7:46PM Kick off: Chelsea vs Roma They're off and running at Stamford Bridge. 7:46PM Kick off: FC Bayern vs Celtic The action gets started at Allianz Arena. 7:45PM Kick off: Anderlecht vs Paris SG They're off and running at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 7:45PM Kick off: CSKA Moscow vs Basel We're under way at VEB Arena. 6:54PM Full time: FK Qarabag 0-0 Atlético The final whistle blows at Baku Olympic Stadium. 6:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 6:34PM Red card! Dino Ndlovu sent off for FK Qarabag Dino Ndlovu is sent off by referee Ruddy Buquet for his second bookable offence. 6:03PM Second half: FK Qarabag 0-0 Atlético The action restarts at Baku Olympic Stadium. 5:48PM Half time: FK Qarabag 0-0 Atlético The teams head in at the break at Baku Olympic Stadium. 5:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 5:46PM The shot count is similar FK Qarabag and Atlético are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in six shots to the hosts' three. FK Qarabag vs Atlético shots on goal 5:39PM The Atlético backline looking comfortable so far The FK Qarabag attack haven't been able to threaten the visitors in the final third. FK Qarabag vs Atlético 5:33PM Neither side able to dictate the game so far FK Qarabag having more of the ball so far, with 249 touches to 244 from Atlético. FK Qarabag vs Atlético 5:28PM Atlético threaten for the first time Following the earlier FK Qarabag effort, Atlético register their first attempt at goal. FK Qarabag vs Atlético shots on goal 5:27PM FK Qarabag and Atlético yet to find a way through Tense opening quarter of an hour at Baku Olympic Stadium, as FK Qarabag and Atlético struggle to get shots on goal FK Qarabag vs Atlético shots on goal 5:02PM Kick off: FK Qarabag vs Atlético The action gets started at Baku Olympic Stadium.

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Chelsea vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates

  8:57PM 56 mins Roma are making the pitch big and stretching Chelsea and it's working. Kolarov gets in behind the defence and pulls it across the box... this must be a goal! But Chelsea survive. There's a tense atmosphere in the stadium - Roma are still the better team. Pass: Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Maxime Gonalons, 55 min)   8:55PM 53 mins Credit: AP   8:53PM 51 mins Chelsea's wing-backs are pushed much higher up the pitch in this half, trying to keep Kolarov and Peres back in their own half when the team gets forward. Hazard jogs about nonchalantly instead of sprinting to chase the man on the ball, then goes for a little walk. He's either been told to save his energy for attacking... or... is being ever so slightly naughty. 8:50PM 48 mins Hazard drives at goal as Chelsea do the same as they did in the first half. Morata jumps for the cross that comes in but can't reach and falls to the ground, it comes out to Luiz and the crowd goes SHOOOOT! Guess what Luiz does? Over the bar by miles this time. 8:47PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Soccer returns. 8:45PM What's next Chelsea are likely to do more of the same, sit deep and look to run onto loose passes in Roma's half as they over commit. There is a giant hole between defence and midfield though and Conte needs to address that - Roma are finding far too much space in those areas.  8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM HALF TIME There's a bit of a scramble in the Chelsea box as Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata all try to get shots on goal but Roma block until Morata is offside. That was an entertaining half!  8:30PM 45 mins Roma go close again! Chelsea survive as a cross comes in from the left wing (Azpilicueta is really struggling tonight) and is just behind the striker and defender at the back post. Morata goes down in the box as he tries a wee Cruyff turn but it's never a penalty. 8:26PM GOOOOOOAAAAAL! The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back! Aleksandar Kolarov scores a solo effort, and it's yet another dreadful bit of defending by Azpilicueta. He's drawn out of position, Kolarov pokes the ball around one side of him and chases round the other, then slams a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min)   It might have taken a deflection on the way in off Christensen's foot but that's a superb effort. 8:24PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! And just like that, Chelsea go on the counter-attack as they punish sloppy Roma passing. Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 with a well taken finish, after Morata's pass takes a lucky deflection. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM 37 mins I don't understand why Chelsea are trying to play out from the back when absolutely nobody is moving into space to facilitate it. You can't keep the ball under pressure unless you've made little triangles on the pitch and the defence are playing as a straight line, with the midfield ahead of them no better at all. They're much better just sitting deep and hitting Roma on the counter. 8:22PM 35 mins Zappacosta finds space on the right but can't get past his man, wins the ball back and then hits a cross into the Roma defence.  Perotti wastes another big chance for Roma - Chelsea aren't defending particularly well here.   Both are playing a counter-press kind of system and Roma seem to have the better organised, more creative team at the moment. 8:17PM 32 mins Roma work the ball into Perotti and Courtois saves, but the key to the move was that Luiz pulled out of making the same niggling tackle he's been doing so well all game, allowing Roma to get past the wall of midfield and to face up to the defence. Luiz knows if he gets it wrong, he's booked, and he might need to reserve that yellow card for a proper foul. And Roma are in! But it's a great save by Courtois from Naingolan! Attempt Saved: Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (Radja Nainggolan, 31 min) 8:17PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:15PM 29 mins Luiz gets in trouble for a late tackle from behind on Naingolan and then a late one on Rossi straight after. He's been given his final warning before the cards start coming out. Cahill's passing is shocking. He's put Azpilicueta under real pressure with loose balls to the right a couple of times now.  Conte is howling instructions at his players to get into their defensive positions quicker, pointing exactly where Bakayoko should be and yelling "GO GO GO!", then the same again when the ball shifts to the other side of the pitch. It must be a nightmare playing for him. Peres goes in way too hard on Morata, who leaves a little bit on the aggressor as he goes down. Peres thinks for a minute, and then gets onto his back to be injured for a while. 8:11PM 26 mins David Luiz has gone down and appears to have some sort of muscle injury. That'll sit really well with Conte, who is already delighted at how many players he has available. Perhaps, Mr Conte, if you hadn't gotten rid of Chalobah and the other young prospects that were already on the books at Stamford Bridge in the summer, you might not be having such a tough time of it. Harry Winks started last night against Real Madrid, for example.  8:09PM 23 mins The ball drops to Chelsea's front two again! Roma are pushing so many men forward that they're leaving little gaps and Hazard keeps exploiting them. This time he pegs it towards goal, seems to wait for Morata to find a yard of space... and then shoots at goal himself. Wide. Why oh why oh why do pundits keep saying "your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Kanes"? Just say "like Messi, Ronaldo or Kane". It means the same thing and isn't stupid. Unless he really does think there are multiple versions of Messi and Ronaldo, like we live in some football multiverse theory. He = Martin Keown in this particular scenario by the way. 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:06PM 21 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES   8:05PM 20 mins Strootman tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but gets nowhere close.  Conte is prowling the touchline barking instructions at his players on where to press and when. He was doing that in pre-season quite a lot. If someone could move the pitch-side microphone away from Conte, or whoever that is shouting loudly in Italian on the sidelines, I'd really appreciate it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Chelsea vs Roma 8:02PM 17 mins Eden Hazard has been full of energy tonight too. He's buzzing around looking to win the ball quickly, heading straight towards goal on the few times he's actually gotten hold of it. Chelsea's counter-attack game shaping up nicely here.  7:57PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! What a hit by David Luiz! The ball drops to him about 35 yards out and the crowd yell 'SHOOT!' and so he tries one, but gets nothing on it. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) The effort looks like a low pass towards Morata and the Roma defence block it, but the ball lands back with Luiz, who then measures the distance on his run up and bends a shot low into the corner. Brilliant finish. Goal: Chelsea ( 11 min )   7:55PM 10 mins That's a loose pass! Morata can intercept! He's wiped out with a heavy challenge, Fabregas drives with it in the final third and is suffocated out of possession and Hazard nearly closes down the goalie before he can clear. Again, another heavy challenge makes sure the Chelsea man doesn't get on it. Morata is brought down on the edge of the area, giving Chelsea a promising set piece opportunity. 7:53PM 8 mins But maybe it's Chelsea's strategy to let Roma have the ball! Bakayoko wins the ball back early and one pass puts Hazard away with a run towards goal. He plays in Morata to his left, but Morata's shot is tame and straight at the goalkeeper. That was a decent chance. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Roma (Álvaro Morata, 5 min) Chelsea are still trying to play from the back but their movement is nowhere near good enough to do it. There's a giant space between midfield and defence and without that pivot to break the lines, they're giving each other too much to do. Perotti runs into a huge amount of space and shoots from 20 yards but the ball flies over the bar.  7:50PM 5 mins Chelsea try to play their way out from the back after surviving a couple of crosses into the box but make a real mess of it and are under pressure straight away. Roma look good here, pressing high up the pitch.  Chelsea's passing is awful at the moment. Roma are right up in their grill and they don't have enough options in space to safely play to... Roma in total control. 7:48PM 3 mins Roma start well and are working the ball around Chelsea's half until Luiz steals it back. Azpilicueta hits a long ball into the channel and gives possession straight back to Roma. Luiz brings down Dzeko as Roma look to have an overload... they have a man in space in behind the wing-backs on both wings. That's a smart foul. 7:46PM KICK-OFF And we're off! 7:43PM The Chaaaaampions  This song is better. 7:40PM There he is Francesco Totti won't be playing tonight and to make sure the Stamford Bridge crowd get a look at him, the groundsmen have captured the Italian and imprisoned him in this goal. If only Totti were able to turn around or walk backwards, he would be free. Sadly, he cannot and must now live eternally behind a goalkeeper, forced to stare at the crowd. 7:22PM Chelsea without Kante N'Golo Kante is one of Chelsea's best players and has gone back to being underrated again this season, for some reason. That might be because it's now just taken for granted quite how good he is... but regardless, Conte has a problem without Kante. Drinkwater is also injured, which is why David Luiz has been brought into the midfield tonight. He'll play alongside Bakayoko and Fabregas in the centre, with Zapacosta and Alonso on either wing. This is a very defensive 3-5-1-1 from Chelsea today. 7:12PM Roma fans enjoying themselves Credit: reuters   7:06PM What can we expect tonight? Hello! I hope you're well. Chelsea haven't lost three games in a row for 11 years and I'm fairly sure that they won't beat that record tonight. Roma are a good team, playing pretty well but a point is what they'll want tonight, and a point is probably what they'll get.  Chelsea will likely be fairly cautious too. The return of Alvaro Morata to the starting lineup means they have the talent upfront to actually score - Batshuayi has been woeful so far - but ensuring they don't lose will be Conte's first thought. Chelsea were superb against Atletico Madrid and have more than enough about them to put a few past Roma, but the Italians' well drilled defence and the way Conte approaches the game might make the score a low one. 6:47PM Starting lineups Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti. 6:23PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Chelsea and Roma. Chelsea have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition, while Roma sit second in the group with a win and a draw to their name. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at Stamford Bridge. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Chelsea must bounce back from an unexpected defeat against Crystal Palace Credit: reuters What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Chelsea:  Alvaro Morata is expected to start after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante have also suffered similar hamstring injuries and will be absent. Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his Chelsea debut and remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could push David Luiz or his fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Chelsea have no one suspended. Alvaro Morata should be fit to start for Chelsea Credit: reuters ​Roma: Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are both available after missing the weekend defeat against Napoli, although whether they will be thrown back into the starting XI remains to be seen. Kostas Manolas was forced off early in the second half of that match and has failed to recover in time for the trip. He will be absent alongside Emerson, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp. What are potential line-ups? Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata Roma (4-3-3): Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti Roma lost their last match against Napoli last weekend Credit: getty images What are the odds? Chelsea win: 4/7 Draw: 3/1 Roma win: 9/2 Champions League betting offers including Chelsea to win at 33/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

Benfica vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1    8:57PM 51 min The ball sits up nicely for Rashford 20 yards from goal and he can't resist having a roundhouse volley at it but cannot find the precision to go with the power. Forty seconds later he sends Douglas off to buy an evening paper and a pint of milk with a dip of the shoulder and bodyswerve. Yet his cutback after such scintillating preparatory work goes straight to Fejsa.  8:54PM 49 min Matic, in the left-hals position, snaps into a tackle on Fejsa, wins the ball and tries to inject some pace into proceedings but ships his pass straight to Pizzi. Benfica stream into a quick  counter, Salvio darts off up the right and flays in a dipping cross that Valencia has to volley away at the back post.   8:51PM 47 min Lusiao catches Rashford offside again. He's like Bob McNab. (Ask your parentsgrandparents) 8:50PM 46 min No changes. We kick off after that torpid first-half with the hope something emerges to keep the eyes open. Rashford storms down the left, pulls a pass back to 20 yards and Herrera smashes a shot wide.   8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time 'Well that was enthralling,' says Gary Lineker. Indeed. Things can only get bitter. Svilar, the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper, was tested only once in the first half Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine     8:34PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:33PM 45+1 min The ref allows us one more minute if this largely disappointing half and Blind is caught offside when bombing down the left. Luisao and his offside trap have snared United eight times this half.  8:32PM 45 min Filipe Augusto follows suit, taking a long shot in when team-mates were better placed and nawsing it up completely.  8:31PM 43 min Benfica appeal for a penalty when an early cross catches United on their heels. Jimenez misses the target and hits Lindelof on the back of the wrist in front of his backside as he turned away. A minute earlier Mkhitaryan had a sniff of space, flooded down the inside right channel to 22 yards and spooned a shot over the bar.  8:29PM 41 min Booking for Antonio Valencia. Raul controls a long ball on his chest and Valencia, too close to him and vulnerable to being spun and burst past, sticks his palm in his face. Down goes Raul like a sack of spuds allowing Steve McManaman to accuse him of overreacting. He did but they all do. We all do. It's the game these days.   8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:27PM 39 min United are forced back from the corner all the way into their own half but come gain quickly with Matic at the edge of the box dinking a pass to Lukaku down the inside-right channel. He has Mata screaming for it in a great position but the No9 does what No9s do, scorpion and frog style, shooting from a tight angle and bludgeoning it wide.  8:25PM 37 min Mata again works an opportunity for himself on the edge of the box with a give and go but a challenge from Luisao takes the pace off his shot and sends it dribbling wide.  Juan Mata has been the creative inspiration for Manchester United's best attacking moves Credit:  EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO   8:24PM 36 min Man Utd get round the back on the left, Herrera's excellent pass finding Matic who drives into the box and spanks a low diagonal shot towards the bottom left corner. Svilar gets down feet first to block.    8:22PM 35 min That's much better from United courtesy of some rat-a-tat-tat passing from Mata and a quicker tempo. When he gets the ball back on the edge of the box in pime position to shoot, Pizzi flies in to save the day.  8:21PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:21PM 32 min Lovely cross on the run from Blind out by the left corner flag. Rashford, who has switched wings, nips in from the right to augment Lukaku's presence in the box, arches his back to reach it and heads miles over from eight yards.  Average touch positions (30 min)   8:18PM 30 min Jimenez has players to the left of him, jokers to the right, and toe-ends a left-foot shot about 20 yards wide from 35 yards out.  What a waste, what a waste, what a WASTE.  8:17PM 28 min Diogo Goncalves hares up the left and has a path opened up for him when Mata runs into Valencia. He seems to run out of belief and hits an early cross/shot through the six-yard box that De Gea saves with a dive to the left.  Jose Mourinho has been jumping up to his feet throughout the first half hour Credit: EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM   8:14PM 27 min Luisao persuades the referee to agree with his interpretation that Rashford was offside. He spends 10 minutes a match with one arm in the air. Decent ball up the left for the United flyer to chase but he was just offside.   8:13PM 25 min Raking cross from the right launched in by Douglas. Lindelof takes the sensible option and executes a back-headed clearance.  8:11PM 23 min Very tight this - both defences looking solid, Benfica pressing aggressively by halfway.  8:09PM 21 min United free-kick after Jimenez barrels into Smalling late and mid air as the United centre-half was leaping to make a headed clearance. Salvio was lurking on the right and ready to pounce.  8:07PM 19 min Benfica have untold problems but lacking promise is not one of them. Both full-backs look tasty as does Ruben Dias and young Diogo Goncalves.  8:05PM 17 min Svilar looks OK as far as fitness is concerned but flaps alarmingly at a Rashford corner, earning a reprieve because the referee thinks Lukaku was too rough in his challenge. 'Robust' is the current misnomer.  8:03PM 15 min Good run from Grimaldo, skinning Valencia and crossing low through the box, about 12 yards from goal. Salvio runs towards the ball from the penalty spot and slashes a shot, with the ball just behind him, wide. Pizzi, behind him, would have had a virtual tap-in if he'd dummied it.  8:02PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Benfica vs Man Utd 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:01PM 13 min Svilar is down clutching his right hamstring but hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes. Ruben Dias is also receiving ice pack treatment after clashing heads with Filipo Augusto. They wrap his head a la Paul Ince in Rome back in 1997, change his claret-streaked shirt and send him back on.  7:59PM 12 min A pair of corners for Benfica, both well defended, the first by a zealous and committed Mkhitaryan slide tackle by the touchline.  7:58PM 11 min Good tackle from Ruben Dias who sets Salvio off for a run up the right. He chips a cross towards the penalty spot where Raul meets it and has his header turned behind by Herrera. Not on target originally, I don't think.  7:56PM 9 min Pizzi holds back Mkhitaryan, fearing he was about to wriggle past and storm on to Benfica's back four. United free-kick in their own half.  7:55PM 7 min Lindelof strokes it about the back four until he knocks it up to Mata. Augusto snaps into him but he gets away, passes out to the right for Valencia who rolls it back for Matic. Mata holds his run, points and sprints down the inside-right channel but is flagged for offside. Not sure he was.  7:53PM 5 min A first touch for Svilar who comes out of his goal to head it clear. Luisao is booked for poleaxing Mkhitaryan with a flap of the arm that cracks him on the chin. Mkhitaryan was trying to nip under his armpit. It might be only two-thirds full but it's noisy - a lesson for most English Premier League clubs.  Luisao is booked for catching Mkhitaryan across the throat with his arm  Credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP   7:51PM 4 min But the ball's not sticking up front for United, as it did to Llorente for Spurs last night. Back come Benfica with Grimaldo getting to the byline up the left, crossing long and Douglas and Pizzi combine until Blind intervenes to get the ball away.  7:49PM 3 min Benfica take the throw and arc in a long cross to the back post where Salvio, for it is he again, has a wild lash at a very optimistic volley. only connecting when his leg is through 90 degrees, knocking it straight into Lindelof. United clear.  7:48PM 1 min Benfica kick off, go back to switch it up the right. Salvio trots up the touchline and wins a throw-in off Blind.  7:46PM A minute's silence For the victims of the Portuguese wildfires precedes kick-off.  7:43PM Out come the teams And we fall into line with the broadcasters - but first a word from sponsors@ Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:23PM Teams in black and white (for those of you watching in colour) Benfica Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Fejsa,  Filipe Augusto; Salvio,  Pizzi, Diogo Goncalves; Raul Jimenez. Substitutes Julio Cesar,  Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.  Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Mata, Ander Herrera; Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Substitutes Romero, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Young, Darmian, McTominay.  Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany)  7:06PM Dedication, that's what you need Mile Svilar, at 18 years and 52 days. becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Chanpions League history, overtaking Iker Casillas.  6:46PM Team news Benfica have brought in their teenage goalkeeper from Anderlecht, Raul Jimenez starts in place of Jonas, the Serbia defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa  comes in and  20-year-old Ruben Dias makes his Champions League debut at the back. It's as if they have already turned their eyes elsewhere. #VamosBenfica! #UCLpic.twitter.com/X6EJYUgfBi— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) October 18, 2017 For United  Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford come in from the Anfield XI, out go out go the cast of Parking the Buses: Philip Jones (Blakey), Matteo Darmian (Jack), Ashley Young (Stan) and Anthony Martial (Arthur).  Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017 6:37PM Good evening It is irresistible, is it not, as the late Barry Norman was wont to question, to think of Benfica vs Manchester United and not think of George Best and his sombrero, Bill Foulkes’ goal in the first leg in 1966, Bobby’s headed goal in the royal blue at Wembley in 1968, Alex Stepney’s save from Eusebio, Best-Kidd-Charlton, Bobby with the the big-eared cup, Matt Busby’s eyes and Denis Law in his hospital bed. That one of the great European ties has such a compelling two-year rivalry at its heart always colours all that succeeds it but they have, of course, met subsequently in the years since the European Cup was diluted to make sure that all shall have prizes, at least in terms of financial rewards. Of those three group stage double-headers, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, the best of them the 3-1 victory in December 2006 that emphasised after a couple of years of toil and angst that Manchester United were back. There is a palpable sense that we’re at that point again for United. By contrast Benfica may have won the Double last season, including their fourth successive title, but it seems their resourceful and richly rewarding strategy has finally caught up with them. In the past 10 years they have made more than £410m from player sales. In 2016 it was Renato Sanches, following David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Lazar Markovic and Jan Oblak out of the Stadium of Light. Daley Blind, Philip Jones, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford enjoy a session at the Estádio da Luz on the eve of their Champions League Group A match Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images The latest batch to leave in the summer - Ederson (Man City), Victor Lindelof (Man Utd), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille) - raised £130m while none of their recruits cost more than £2.5m and only the Bosman signing, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, has played regularly. It’s the Benfica way - buy young talent from South America and Eastern Europe at Moneyball prices, send them out on loan for a couple of years, stick them in the first team for one or two more and sell high. Draining the well again has left them struggling this season. They lost 2-1 at home against CSKA Moscow and were hammered 5-0 away by Basel in the last round of matches. With Ederson gone, Julio Cesar, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2010, is back in goal at the age of 38 and Luisao, captain, leader, legend, is still helming the defence at the age of 36 alongside his compatriot Jardel. They can still call on Pizzi, the clever, wide playmaker and the free-scoring Jonas up-front but if Mourinho could have picked a perfect moment to take on his former club over the past five years after scoring three against Basel and banging in four in Moscow, this would be it. 6:27PM What time, channel, prediction?  What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Portuguese club Benfica and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side have won their opening two matches in the competition, while Benfica are fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive after successive defeats. What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. This one takes place at the Estadio da Luz. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Victory would all but assure Manchester United's place in the second round Credit: getty images What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Benfica:  The news is generally positive regarding Benfica availability for fans of the Portuguese club. Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Basel in their last Champions League match, but Pedro Pereira and Douglas are available to make their first appearances of the season. A handful of players are injury doubts, including Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho has suggested he is short of options for the match with a number of players out injured. Eric Bailly remains sidelined by the groin injury that ruled him out of United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been ruled out. Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but is not yet ready to play Credit: getty images Marcos Rojo has travelled to Portugal, but Mourinho believes the defender remains two weeks away from returning to full fitness. Luke Shaw also travelled with the team. No United players are absent through suspension. What are potential line-ups? Benfica (4-1-3-2): Cesar, Douglas, Grimaldo, Luisao, Jardel, Fejsal, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Jimenez, Jonas. Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Benfica are yet to win a match in this year's competition and will be without the suspended Andre Almeida Credit: epa What are the odds? Benfica win: 7/2 Draw: 11/4 Manchester United win: 4/5 Champions League betting offers including Manchester United to win at 25/1 >>

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NFL Network's Mike Garafolo discusses the reality for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Mike Garafolo: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's side confident he will be able to play for entire season

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo discusses the reality for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Mike Garafolo: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's side confident he will be able to play for entire season

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo discusses the reality for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Mike Garafolo: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's side confident he will be able to play for entire season

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo discusses the reality for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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Apertura 2017: Así quedaría la Liguilla

En las semanas siguientes la mayor parte de los equipos de la Liga MX lucharán por avanzar a la siguiente fase del torneo.

Apertura 2017: Así quedaría la Liguilla

En las semanas siguientes la mayor parte de los equipos de la Liga MX lucharán por avanzar a la siguiente fase del torneo.

Apertura 2017: Así quedaría la Liguilla

En las semanas siguientes la mayor parte de los equipos de la Liga MX lucharán por avanzar a la siguiente fase del torneo.

Apertura 2017: Así quedaría la Liguilla

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Omar Ruiz: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper says he's not frustrated by lack of catches

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NFL Network's Omar Ruiz discusses the Raiders' desire to get wide receiver Amari Cooper more involved.

Omar Ruiz: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper says he's not frustrated by lack of catches

NFL Network's Omar Ruiz discusses the Raiders' desire to get wide receiver Amari Cooper more involved.

Omar Ruiz: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper says he's not frustrated by lack of catches

NFL Network's Omar Ruiz discusses the Raiders' desire to get wide receiver Amari Cooper more involved.

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"You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have." —Kobe

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"You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have." —Kobe

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"You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have." —Kobe

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