Partizan Belgrade vs Man Utd Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Manchester United return to Europa League action on Thursday night against Partizan Belgrade having earned a morale boosting point against Premier League leaders Liverpool at the weekend.

It’s been a tough start to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United, with the 1-1 draw against the Reds only lifting the Red Devils to 10 points after nine games played, languishing in 14th place.

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Partizan, meanwhile, sit 5th in the Serbian Super Liga, and come into the clash with United on the back of two consecutive defeats in the league – though they arguably are in better shape than their more illustrious opponents.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the game.


Where to Watch

When is Kick-Off? Thursday 24th October
What Time is Kick-Off? 17:55 (BST)
Where is it Played? FK Partizan Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream BT Sport ESPN
Referee? Xavier Estrada Fernandez

Team News

Partizan only have one injury concern to worry about, with former Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic likely to miss out with an abductor problem.

Manchester United remain without star man Paul Pogba, who is currently recovering from a foot injury suffered in September.

Paul Pogba

Jesse Lingard could return to the squad after missing the last two games, but Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Diogo Dalot are fitness doubts. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah remain long-term casualties.


Potential Lineups

Partizan Belgrade Stojkovic; Miletic, Ostojic, Pavlovic, Urosevic; Natkho, Zdjelar, Asano, Soumah; Tosic, Umar
Manchester United Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Rojo, Young; McTominay, Fred, Pereira, Mata; James, Martial

Head to Head Record

You have to go back to the year England won the World Cup in 1966 to find the last time these two teams met.

The occasion was the semi-final of the then European Cup, with Partizan edging past the Red Devils 2-1 on aggregate. A 2-0 victory at home set the tie up nicely for the Serbians, with United’s 1-0 success at Old Trafford not enough to overturn the deficit.


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Partizan could provide a stiff challenge, even though they have lost their last two games in the league. A romping 6-0 success over Vodojaža in the Serbian Cup will have lifted spirits, though, and with United’s reputation diminishing, they may fancy their chances of causing an upset.

The Red Devils have endured a miserable start to the season, highlighted by the fact that they have just once in their last five games.

That success came against lowly Rochdale in the Carabao Cup and, worse still, was only achieved in a penalty shootout. United’s main concern is in the goalscoring department, with Solskjaer’s boys having netted just three times in their last five outings.

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Worryingly, United have not scored more than goal since the opening day of the season – a 4-0 romp over a now resurgent Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Here’s how both sides have fared in their last five games.

Partizan Belgrade Manchester United
Mladost Lučani 1-0 Partizan (19/10) Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool (20/10)
Vodojaza 0-6 Partizan (9/10) Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd (6/10)
Partizan 1-2 Voždovac (6/10) AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Man Utd (3/10)
Astana 1-2 Partizan (3/10) Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal (30/9)
Radnicki Niš 1-4 Partizan (28/9) Man Utd 1-1 (5-3p) Rochdale (25/9)

Prediction

With United struggling to find the back of the net, it’s hard to imagine the Red Devils having much joy in what’s sure to be a hostile Belgrade atmosphere.

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Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford will likely be rested in order to stay fresh for Premier League duties, and rotation could prove to be a hinderance. Grit and determination, rather than quality, will be needed to get a positive result, but a share of the spoils seems likely.

Prediction: Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Manchester United

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Ed Woodward Reveals What Was Really Said in Viral Clip Involving Phil Jones

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has explained what he really said in a viral clip circulated in the wake of last month’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham – when fans wildly speculated that he was giving Phil Jones a stern telling off.

The five-second clip, which has been viewed over six million times since it was uploaded, was a shot of the executive section at the London Stadium where Woodward was sat.

Ed Woodward

Jones, who was not in the matchday squad that day and has been a fringe player at best all season, was sat in the row behind next to veteran third choice goalkeeper Lee Grant, where he was caught on camera murmuring something under his lips.

It then appeared that Woodward turned over his shoulder to scold Jones – with ‘sacked in the morning’, ‘p**s poor’ and ‘boring’ among the various suggestions made by the wonderful world of Twitter when speculating what he may have some said. What was agreed, though, was that United’s executive vice-chairman said ‘We’re on camera, stop’, presumably at Jones.

As if often the case in these situations, the truth from Woodward’s own mouth revealed a very different version of events, one that is far removed from anything remotely scandalous.

In a rare interview with fanzine United We Stand, Woodward said that Jones was uttering something about an offside, while his own comment was not in the direction of the player at all, but asking a question of nearby club secretary Rebecca Britain, who was out of the camera shot.

Phil Jones

“Phil was talking about whether decisions were offside or not. There was a foul and I turned around to Rebecca Britain, our club secretary [and said]: ‘Was that a yellow card on him? [Issa] Diop?’”

Woodward’s version of events does appear to be dubious at best, given the stern look on his face when saying whatever he did say, but without the aid of miracle sound boosting technology, his word will have to be taken on this occasion.

If indeed he did say Diop, he could be referring to a foul committed by the West Ham defender in the 62nd minute, which he wasn’t booked for. That would appear to marry up with the time stamp of the tweet, which was posted at 3.26pm, but where’s the fun in that story, eh?

Regardless, United slipped to defeat, Jones appeared to hush his gums pretty sharpish, and Woodward looked less than amused. But much ado about nothing? Most likely.


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Atletico Madrid 1-0 Leverkusen: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Morata Settles Tense Affair

Atlético Madrid stumbled to their first home win since September 1 thanks to Álvaro Morata’s second-half header in their Champions League group stage match against Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecký almost gifted the hosts an opening goal when he fumbled Ángel Correa’s tame shot, but Diego Costa was too slow to react – a pattern of the first-half where left-back Renan Lodi had the only shot on target out of both teams.

Things didn’t improve too much after the break either, with blocked shots and slow build-up play becoming the pattern of the game.

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Costa saw a good shout for a penalty turned away as the game began to open up following Thomas Lemar’s introduction, while Héctor Herrera’s deflected shot was impressively clawed out by Hrádecký from underneath his crossbar. 

Atléti’s final substitute Álvaro Morata ultimately proved to be the difference-maker as he raced onto the end of a cross from Lodi, squeezing the ball past Hrádecký and into the corner of the net with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

Leverkusen put the pressure on in search for an equaliser but Peter Bosz’s side couldn’t find a way through, leaving Die Werkself without a point in Europe this season while Atlético Madrid temporarily moved top of Group D.

Here’s 90min’s review of the game.


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Key Talking Point

Atléti were the antithesis of what we’ve come to expect from them in recent years, offering fans nothing more than a slow, lethargic and boring performance on Tuesday.

The hosts struggled to get out of second gear during the first-half, creating just one real chance of note which was easily kept out by Bayer Leverkusen’s Hrádecký.

Against a team who famously struggle to defend, Atlético Madrid didn’t take the game to their opponents and only thanks to Morata’s goal were able to walk away with three points to their name.

Alvaro Morata

Disappointing performances going forward has become the norm at the Wanda Metropolitano this season, but Diego Simeone’s side were worryingly also carved open too easily at times and could have conceded a goal on more than one occasion.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Oblak (6); Trippier (7), Gimenez (5), Felipe (7), Lodi (8*); Koke (6), Herrera (6), Thomas (6), Saul (7); Correa (6), Costa (5).

Substitutes: Hermoso (6), Lemar (7), Morata (8).


Star Man

Atléti might have left a lot to be desired on Tuesday, but summer signing Renan Lodi was their standout player by some margin, offering the hosts’ best moments in attack and doing enough in defence to keep Karim Bellarabi quiet.

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Lodi ultimately executed his biggest role under Simeone by keeping a clean sheet, while he also offered more going forward than any other Atlético Madrid player.

The 21-year-old provided the crucial assist to help his side pick up three points on matchday three in the Champions League group stages, and as an individual performance, Lodi is the only starting player who will walk away from the Wanda Metropolitano with their head held high.


Bayer Leverkusen

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Hradecky (7); Wieser (6), Tah (7), S. Bender (7), L. Bender (6); Demirbay (7), Baumgartlinger (5), Bellerabi (6), Havertz (5), Amiri (6); Volland (6).

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Substitutes: Paulinho (5), Alario (6), Dragovic (N/A).


Looking Ahead

Atlético will be looking to pick up their first win in La Liga since September 25 when they host Athletic Club this weekend, while they can also pick up back-to-back wins when they travel to Deportivo Alavés next Tuesday.

Peter Bosz’s Leverkusen host SV Werder Bremen in the Topspiel on Saturday.


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Olympiacos vs Bayern Munich: 6 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of UCL Clash

Bayern Munich are back in Champions League action on Tuesday night, travelling to Greece to take on Olympiacos.

The German giants have spluttered in their last two Bundesliga games, losing at home to Hoffenheim and drawing at Augsburg, but there most recent European game was certainly one to remember.

Bayern smashed a disorganised Tottenham 7-2 in north London, helping to take a secure grip on Group B ahead of their clash with Olympiacos.

Robert Lewandowski,Serge Gnabry

So, do you want some stats ahead of Tuesday night’s game? Do you? Do you? Do you want some stats? Do you?

Cool. They can be found below.


​Bad Omen

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​Bayern Munich have always been a strong team in Europe. No two ways about it. 

It probably won’t surprise you, then, to find out they have an exceptional record against Olympiacos, winning all four of their European meetings. They won twice in the 1980/81 European Cup and repeated the trick in the 2015/16 Champions League.

That perfect record is Bayern’s joint best, also winning all four games against Besiktas and CSKA Moscow. Die Roten are also unbeaten in all 11 of their European games against Greek opposition. So yeah, they’re heavy favourites.


Rackin’ Up the Goals

Robert Lewandowski

In case you forgot, Bayern smashed ​Tottenham 7-2 in their last ​Champions League clash. 

That victory was the 12th time the German club won a game by five or more goals, the joint most alongside Barcelona. 


Leaky Defence

Harry Kane,Jose Sa

Olympiacos haven’t got a great defensive record in the Champions League.

They’ve managed just two clean sheets in their last 17 UCL, conceding 40 goals in that period. Among teams with 100 games in the competition, Olympiacos have the lowest clean sheet percentage (25 in 118 games, 21.2%).


Lethal Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski

When we talk about Robert Lewandowski, we rarely talk about him as a contender for the ‘best of the rest’ tag behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But dig a little deeper and it’s evident that he definitely has a case for being that third best player in the world.

This will be Robert Lewandowski’s 50th Champions League group stage match – since his debut in September 2011, he’s scored 37 goals in 49 games in the group stages, with only Ronaldo and Messi scored more goals at this stage in that time (47 each). The lad knows where the goal is.


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Galatasaray v Real Madrid: 7 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash

It’s fair to say that Real Madrid’s last La Liga outing against RCD Mallorca didn’t exactly go to plan.

A surprise 1-0 defeat robbed Los Blancos of their unbeaten start to the season, and perhaps unmasked some of the problems currently engulfing Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Alvaro Odriozola

For now, though, Madrid’s attention must turn towards Europe and the Champions League, where a win over Galatasaray is imperative.

Despite heavy investment in the summer, the Turkish giants haven’t started the season well, currently occupying sixth in the Super Lig and taking just one point from their opening two Champions League group games.

So what better way to prepare for the game than a dip into some Opta powered pre-match stats? And begin…


Goals, Goals, Goals

This is the seventh Champions League meeting between these two sides and the first since the 2013/14 group stage.

Galatasaray will be looking for a different outcome this time around, however, as back in 2013, Los Blancos won the two fixtures by a 10-2 aggregate scoreline.

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Usually, when these two sides come together, goals tend to be on the menu.

Among Champions League fixtures to be played at least five times, this fixture has produced the highest goals per game figure (4.67), with 28 goals scored in six meetings.


Bogey Nation

Galatasaray have struggled against Spanish opposition in years gone by. So much so that their only win in their last 17 European matches against a Spanish outfit was their 3-2 win over Real Madrid in the 2012/13 Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Other than that, it’s four draws and 12 losses noted down in the history books.


Drought

Real Madrid are winless in their last three Champions League clashes, with a draw against Club Brugge and a defeat to PSG representing a pretty dismal start. Chuck in that mauling at the Bernabeu from Ajax last season, and the recent memory bank is full of disheartening images.

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Things have been worse though, once upon a time. Between November 2005 and September 2006, Real went five matches without a win – a run that, ironically, Zidane featured in as a player.

He won’t want to break that record, you can guarantee that.


Still Have Faith in Fatih?

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim will take charge of his 50th Champions League game against Real MadridHowever, Terim has lost 25 of his 49 matches so far, making him the only manager to lose as many as 25 in fewer than 50 matches in the competition.

An unwanted record, to say the least.

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Terim has overseen just two wins from Galatasaray’s last 22 Champions League matches (W2 D6 L14). Both wins were at home in the group stages – Benfica 2015 and Lokomotiv Moscow 2018.


Karim the Dream

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Karim Benzema generally likes to put the ball in the back of the net.

That doesn’t change in the slightest when it comes to facing Galatasaray. In his last three appearances against the Turkish outfit, the Frenchman has five goal contributions – scoring three.

Tasty.


Open-Play? Nah…

Neither side have scored a goal in open-play in the competition thus far. 

Florin Andone,Oemer Bayram

The home side have failed to score in their two openers, attempting 10 shots from open-play. Real have scored twice so far – both in their last game against Club Brugge – but have failed from all of their 23 attempts at goal in open-play.


Second Half Specialists

Since scoring four first-half goals against Viktoria Plzen in November 2018, Real have failed to score in the first half of six Champions League matches, while conceding eight in the opening 45 themselves.

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Last time out, Zidane’s side came back from a 2-0 first-half deficit to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge – the seventh time that they have come back from 2 or more goals behind, three more than any other club.


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