CSKA Moskow wants a redo of last year’s Champions League exit by doing better against AS Roma. They got the same group opponents as last year with only Roma as the newcomers. The hosts might not have been your regular Champions League team, but they looked solid in the last Serie A season and look forward to imposing their mark on this year’s tournament.
AS Roma won their latest Serie A match against Empoli, kept a clean sheet, and positioned themselves on the second place in the table. Roma believe they got drawn into the group of death, with the champions of two of the most powerful European competitions, the Premier League and the Bundesliga. Totti, Iturbe and Gervinho are set to return to their starting positions, although De Rossi and Strootman will be on the absentees list.
CSKA finished last in the group in 2013, and since they know their opponents better, the fans are expecting improvements. Roman Eremenko stated that his team is beyond excited to get another shot at glory, all while working around suspensions and injuries to present a good team. Dzagoev begins his three match ban, while Rasmus Elm and Schennikov will be left on the sidelines. Last season the visitors lost all three of their away games, and in their internal competition they are seven points behind Zenit.
William Hill gives 1.57 odds for an outright AS Roma win, 6.50 for a CSKA one and 3.60 for a draw. The bookmaker’s headline offers include Gervinho to score and Roma to win at 3.50 and Bibras Natcho to score and CSKA to win at 13.00. They also offer a money back deal in case the goalscorer you bet on first to win scores second. Both teams to score at 2.10 and we’re betting 7 units on Roma to win both halves at 3.75 with William Hill.
AS Roma: Team’s Formation
CSKA Moskow: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
AS Roma to win both halves