CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Group Stage
Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Arena CSKA, Khodynka Field (Moscow).
Both CSKA and Manchester United made a winning start to their Champions League campaign and they will be looking for a second to move ahead in knockout qualification race on matchday 2.
CSKA got the better of Portuguese giants Benfica by a 2-1 margin on the opening matchday. They were a goal down at half-time and the come back win could enormously boost their confidence, having flopped at the same stage in past four appearances.
Last season, CSKA were eliminated from the group stage without registering a win. They were group together with a Premier League side Tottenham, to whom they lost both home and away leg.
On the other hand, United started their campaign under Mourinho with a convincing 3-0 win against Basel at the Old Trafford. They are a team on stunning form at the moment having picked 7 wins and a draw from 8 competitive games since the loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
The star studded Manchester Reds are scoring goals for fun and bagged 24 goals in the process. Clean sheets were a rarity of this team over the past few season, but the season so far has been different. Their defense is breached just twice in the last 7 matches.
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United: Head-to-head
Manchester United are unbeaten against CSKA in four head-to-head meetings with 2 wins and 2 draws. This could be further broken down as 4 points each in two group stage clashes.
The Red Devils beat CSKA in their head-to-head meeting at Moscow in 2009, with the return leg seeing a thrilling 3-3 draw.
In 2015, the first clash was once again staged at Moscow and it ended 1-1 before United edged a narrow 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
CSKA have an underwhelming record against Premier League clubs with only 3 wins coming from 16 matches, drew 5 and lost 8. At home, the record is 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses from 8 matches.
United are unbeaten against Russian clubs in two legged ties, 3 wins and 7 draws in 10 matches. However, they managed only 1 victory in Russian soil, which came against CSKA back in 2009.
The Red Devils had lost a cup final to Russian club, 1-2 against Zenit St. Petersburg at the 2008 UEFA Super Cup.
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United: Prediction
Manchester United is the team to back here, with the team looking solid in all departments of play. CSKA might have earned a surprise win away at Benfica, but inconsistency is the hallmark of this team in European nights. I wouldn’t surprise if the Red Devils take an early lead at Moscow on Wednesday night.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-0 United win for 8.00 odds.
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United: Bet Tips
FT – Manchester United to win for 1.70 odds.
Value is in backing HT/FT – United/United for 2.70 odds.