The first match of tonight’s series of Champions League takes place on the Arena Khimki from Moscow, between CSKA and Manchester City in Group E. Here the teams without a victory in this group meet, so a tie does not help either of them, the tension being great for England’s champion, one of the favorites to winning the trophy. CSKA and Manchester City have met in the previous edition of Champions League, the English managing to score two victories, 2-1 in Russia and 5-2 on their own pitch, Agureo succeeding a brace in the two matches.
CSKA Moscow come after a near defeat on their own pitch against Bayern Munchen and is on the last place in the group without winning any points. The Russian’s champion will play again without the fans, just like in the match against Bayern Munchen, the European forum applying a suspension for three stages due to the racial insults of the CSKA fans. The manager Leonid Slutsky will not rely for this match on Vitinho, Elm and Panchenko, all being injured, while Dzagoev and Wernbloom are suspended.
Manchester City managed a tie on their own pitch against AS Roma on Etihad Stadium, after which England’s champion remained on the third place in the group, with a single point. Manuel Pellegrini believes that a victory can keep them in the race for the round of 16 qualifying stages. He praised Sergio Aguero after his four scored goals in the match against Tottenham from Premier League and he hopes the Argentinian’s performance to be as good as the one from Champions League, the attacker has 26 years and scored 19 times in this competition. Samir Nasri and Frank Lampard have been having some medical problems and will not be able to play tonight, these being the only noticeable absentees for tonight.
CSKA Moscow – Manchester City probable teams:
CSKA: Akinfeev- Nababkin, Ignashevich, Berezoutski, Schenikov- Milanov, Natko- Tosic, Eremenko, Musa- Doumbia
City: Hart- Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov- Navas, Toure, Fernando, Silva- Dzeko, Aguero
CSKA Moscow – Manchester City sports betting odds:
Final result 1×2: 6.40 4.25 1.55
Total goals (Over/Under 2,5) 1.76 2.00
Our tip suggestions
Victory Manchester City
City lies on an ascending trend, with four victories and two ties in the last six matches and Sergio Aguero is in an excellent shape, the Argentinian managing seven goals in the last five matches. CSKA seems the underdog of this group, being extremely hard for Leonid Slutsky’s team to obtain a victory in any of the last six matches played. City haven’t had any problems in the double against CSKA last year and we will probably assist to the same scenario here, due to the need of the English to score, but especially due to the value difference between the two teams and for this reason we have chosen this tip.