AEK Athens vs CSKA Moscow
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2017
Kick-off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Olympic Stadium (Athens).
CSKA aim for fifth consecutive Champions League group stage appearance. Their first challenge will be to negotiate the Greek outfit AEK Athens.
AEK return to the Champions League for the first time since 2007/08 season. They were eliminated by Sevilla in the third round during that time, suffering heavy defeats on both legs.
Also, AEK haven’t qualified for a UEFA competition since 2011/12 season. The qualified for Europa League between 2009/10 and 2011/12. Since then, they were void of European football until last season when they lost to Saint-Etienne in the Europa League qualifiers.
CSKA qualified for the Champions League group stage in the last four editions. However, they had to play qualifiers on one previous occasion during the mentioned period. In 2015/16, they defeated Sparta Prague and Sporting Lisbon to make it into the main tournament.
The Red and Blues made an unconvincing start to the Russian campaign. They started off with a 3-1 win against Anzhi, but are brought to ground with a miserable home defeat to Lokomotiv in the Moscow derby.
AEK Athens vs CSKA Moscow: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between AEK Athens and CSKA Moscow.
AEK lost all their last four previous European home games against Russian clubs.
CSKA’s only previous meeting with a Greek club was in the Europe League 2010/11 season, when they knocked out PAOK on a 2-1 aggregate. They bagged a 1-0 win at Thessaloniki, before seeing off the tie with a 1-1 draw at Moscow.
AEK Athens vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
CSKA have a far superior squad and they have an excellent record at this competition. It is very unlikely that the Greeks could bag an upset win here. Their previous duels against Russian clubs have resulted in defeats and punters must bank on an away win here.
AEK Athens vs CSKA Moscow: Bet Tips
FT – CSKA to win for 2.60 odds with Betway.
Value seekers must go for BTTS and Over 2.5 goals for 3.10 odds with Bet365.
Alternative, one must look for Both Teams to score and No Draw option for 3.75 odds with William Hill.