Tottenham vs. CSKA Moscow / Champions League – Unlike previous three matches of the sixth round of Champions League that we have analysed, this one between Tottenham and CSKA Moscow decides only about the third place, which in turn leads to the knockout phase of the Europa League, given that Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen have already secured first two positions in the Group E. The Spurs have one point more at the moment than CSKA, mostly thanks to victory in Moscow of 1-0. It means the Russian champions need nothing less than victory at White Hart Lene in order to continue competing in Europe. Begins: 07.12.2016 – 20:45 CET
On the other hand, it means the Spurs can keep the third place even with a draw, but we believe they will not roll the dice and will try to overcome the Muscovites as soon as possible and in that way play again in Europe next spring. True, it was expected from Tottenham to reach the round of 16 in group like this, but two defeats at home, by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen, have cost them dearly, so after five rounds they have no chance at all to reach one of first two places in the group.
We need to add here that coach Pochettino’s players oscillate a lot in the English championship, where large number of draws cost them better place than current fifth. We need to add that they had been the only undefeated team in the league prior to previous round, but they were defeated by leading Chelsea away 2-1, however, in the next match they outclassed Swansea at home by even 5-0. Let’s add that due to injury still out of action are defender Davies and midfielder Lamela, while recently recoveredstopper Alderweireld and forward Janssen are questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Tottenham: Lloris – Trippier, Dier, Wimmer, Rose – Wanyama, Winks – Sissoko, Eriksen, Son – Kane
The guests from Moscow need nothing less but victory in order to play in Europe next spring, or more precisely in the Europa League, given that at the moment they have one point fewer than the Spurs. We believe that very few expect such outcome of match that will be played at White Hart Lane, especially as coach Slutski’s players drew three and lost two matches in five previous rounds of the Champions League and on top of it are fairly exhausted after they played three matches in previous 10 days in the Russian championship.
It is known that Russians go to winter break earlier due to harsh climate and CSKA played last three rounds of the autumn part of the championship in just a couple of days, and won seven points. True, it played all those matches at home against weaker teams, while before that CSKA was defeated away by city rivals, Lokomotiv and Spartak, which is why they lag behind leading Spartak and Zenit for eight and three points, respectively. Let’s add that this match against the Spurs will skip suspended midfielder Eremenko and injured forwards Fernades and Ignashevich.
Probable lineups CSKA: Akinfeev – Nababkin, V.Berezutski, A.Berezutski, Schennikov – Wernbloom, Dzagoev – Tosic, Golovin, Milanov – Traore
Tottenham – CSKA Moscow TIP
Although the guests from Moscow can reach the third place if they win and qualify for the Europa League, we believe the Spurs, carried by victory over Swansea by 5-0, will give their maximum now in the Champions League in order to again triumph at White Hart Lane.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Tottenham
Odds: 1.88 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)