Manchester City travel to Russia for the match against CSKA without their supporters as the hosts are serving their suspension due to racist chants. The Citizens are the obvious favorites to win, and not only due to the fact that they are the much stronger side but also because a draw would severely diminish their qualification chances. Out of two match days Man City have only one point from the draw against AS Roma, and even if CSKA are difficult to beat at home, the visitors need the upper hand.
CSKA Moscow are currently second in their league table, two points behind the leaders Zenit, and even if they look unimpressive and all over the place in Champions League, in their latest home match they won with an astounding 6-0 against the 4th placed Kuban Krasnodar. For the Tuesday match they have two uncertainties as Doumbia and Mário Fernandes are still to be assessed for fitness performance. Fernandes got injured during the match against Kuban, while Doumbia is unable to play a full match.
Last time the two teams met Manchester City won both matches and conceded four goals while scoring seven. This time around they might be without Lampard, who got injured in the Premier League match against Tottenham. Fernandinho and Toure did not start during the weekend, while Silva was replaced due to the lack of form. However, the Citizens have a very inform Sergio Aguero, as the Argentinian scored four goals to give his team a 4-1 over Spurs. As his goals have come mainly from set pieces, he is yet to score from open play in Champions League, which could finally happen against CSKA.
William Hill favors the Citizens to win with 1.57 odds, as opposed to CSKA’s 6.00. City to win and both teams to score has 3.40 odds, the visitors for both halves with 2.37 odds, and over 2.5 goals has 1.73 odds. Man City to lead after 30 minutes has 2.70 odds, and our bet will be on Aguero to score and Man City to win at 3.00 with William Hill.
CSKA Moscow: Team’s Formation
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Aguero to score and Man City to win