CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United / Champions League – After winning Benfica and Basel in the first round, Russian vice-champions CSKA and team with most titles in England Manchester United will face each other in the second round of Champions League in Moscow on Wednesday evening. Two years ago the two teams had shared the group in the Champions League and then they drew 1-1 in Moscow, while the home team won in Manchester 1-0. Begins: 27.09.2017 – 20:45 CET
Of course, that is a strong sign that this match could be very tough and uncertain duel, especially as both teams triumphed in previous round of the Champions League. True, it was expected that the United won Basel at home, while the Muscovites made a great surprise when they won difficult away match with Portugal’s Benfica 2-1. The Russian vice-champions had even managed to return in the match after trailing behind for one goal, thanks to goals scored by Vitinho and reservist Zhamaletdinov.
In the meantime coach Goncharenko players had gone through two very demanding matches in the Russian championship and they firstly won Rostov 2-0 at home, while last weekend they played a goalless match with city rival Dynamo. Besides, they were recently eliminated from the Russian Cup by Kursk and now have one obligation fewer. We need to add that standard defender Fernandes got injured in match with Dynamo and now Nababkin will probably cover his position.
Probable lineups CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev – Vasin, V. Berezutski, A. Berezutski – Nababkin, Natcho, Wernbloom, Schennikov – Golovin, Dzagoev – Vitinho
The guests from Manchester had won before the duel with the Muscovites four consecutive matches. The winning streak started with abovementioned triumph in the Champions League when they defeated Swiss Basel 3-0 at their Old Trafford. After that they outclassed Everton at the same stadium by 4-0 and second-division Burton 4-1 in the League Cup. Last weekend they won difficult away match with Southampton 1-0.
In that way the Red Devils remained at the second place in Premier League table, having the same number of points like leading Manchester City. In first six rounds the United lost just one point, when it drew away with Stoke 2-2. Now, ahead of them is very difficult match in Moscow, where they traditionally have plenty of problems, which is why Mourinhio announced a more caution approach than it was against Basel. Let’s add that due to injuries currently are out of action defender Rojo, midfielders Pogba and Fellaini, and forward Ibrahimovic.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young – Herrera, Matic – Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial – Lukaku
CSKA Moscow – Manchester United PICK
We have said in our analysis that this could be easily a very hard and uncertain match, especially as both teams won in the first round and now would probably satisfy with a draw.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.90 at interwetten (down to 1.82 can be played)