Bank On A Tight Champions League Clash Between CSKA Moscow And Manchester United

Manchester United face a tough trip to Russia for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow and we fancy goals to be at a premium in this Group A encounter at the VEB Arena...

  • United have never lost a game away to Russian opposition - Won One, Drawn Four
  • United are unbeaten in meetings with CSKA Moscow - Won Two, Drawn Two
  • Seven of CSKA's last eight games have involved under 2.5 goals
Wednesday 27th September - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
CSKA Moscow v Manchester United    
Tips Under 2.5 goals    Best Bet @ 4 / 5  
1-1 correct score @ 13 / 2  

The Story So Far

Jose Mourinho's men opened Group A with an easy 3-0 win over a poor Basel side a couple of weeks ago and they are 7/10 favourites to make it two wins from two this week, albeit this trip to Moscow won't be easy.

CSKA opened their own Group A campaign with a hugely impressive 2-1 win at Benfica and it was their first group stage victory since 2015, with recent history showing that Victor Goncharenko's men can be a tough nut to crack on home soil despite their lack of success.

The hosts have drawn six of their past twelve Champions League games at home, losing 1-0 to Tottenham and drawing 1-1 with both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen respectively during last season's group stages. Another draw is available at 29/10 (Betfair), while the CSKA win is priced 9/2.
Match Odds:

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4/6 4/6 4/6 4/6 7/10 13/20 7/10
13/5 11/4 13/5 13/5 14/5 14/5 29/10
9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 19/4 9/2 9/2

A Low Scoring Draw

It is worth noting that four of CSKA's last seven home games in this competition have ended 1-1 and another 1-1 correct score can be backed at 13/2 (Betfred), which looks a decent bet when you consider that was the scoreline when CSKA hosted United two years ago.

These two sides previously met during the group stages of the 2009/10 and 2015/16 competitions, and United went unbeaten in all four clashes (won two, drew two).

It seems likely that Mourinho will be cautious with his approach to this match as their last five away games in Europe have all gone under 2.5 goals (won three, drawn two) and under 2.5 goals is a stand-out option at 4/5 (Betair).

Under 2.5 goals has paid out in ten of CSKA Moscow's past fourteen in all competitions, including in seven of the last eight, and it is fair to say that these teams are strong defensively, with United keeping clean sheets in six of their previous eight outings.

United's obvious goal threat is Romelu Lukaku and the man who has scored six goals in his last six for club and country is a prohibitive 18/5 to be first goalscorer on Wednesday (Bet Victor).

Posted: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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