CSKA Moscow vs Plzen
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadion Luzhniki (Moscow).
CSKA Moscow kept very little chances, while Viktoria Plzen lost all hopes for progressing from this group after losing Matchday No 4 fixtures respectively. Armeisty failed to back up the magnificent second-round win over Real Madrid as they took zero points from two fixtures against Roma.
Viktor Goncharenko’s men did nothing to harm the Romans in the Italian capital where they suffered a tough 3-0 defeat. The reverse fixture in Moscow saw a much greater resistance from them, but Eusebio Di Francesco’s side still managed to win it 1-2 to go five points off in second place.
The Russians will try and narrow it down to two with a win over the rock-bottomed Plzen to stay alive before the last round’s trio to Santiago Bernabeu. The hosts come into this in high spirits following impressive back-to-back clean sheet wins in the Russian Premier League. They moved on to the second place by beating Zenit and Akhmat Grozny 2-0 apiece.
CSKA Moscow vs Plzen: Head-to-head
This will be the fifth head to head encounter between the two teams.
Viktoria Plzen had a two-goal cushion on the opening Matchday thanks to Michal Krmencik’s first half brace, but Armeitsy saved a point through Fedor Chalov and Nikola Vlasic in the second half.
They previously met in the 2013/14 group stage when both sided notched home narrow home wins in high-scoring affairs.
CSKA Moscow vs Plzen: Prediction
Plzen are winless in last three games in all competitions. They suffered a real disaster falling 0-5 to Real Madrid last time out in the Champions League. Viktorka are four points shy of Slavia Prague at the top of the Czech Liga standings after back-to-back domestic draws against Pribram and Slovan Liberec (1-1 each).
Plzen just lack the quality to keep things tight at the back at this level. They conceded as many as 14 goals in four rounds so far allowing five goals on two separate occasions. The hosts head into this as massive form favourites and we would be very surprised to see anything other than a comprehensive CSKA Moscow win here.
CSKA Moscow vs Plzen: Bet Tips
CSKA Moscow to win @ 1.75 (3/4)
CSKA Moscow Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.83 (5/6).