CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: VEB Arena (Moscow).
Real Madrid will be hoping to bounce back from disappointing attacking displays which saw them fail to find the back of the net in consecutive league games against Sevilla (3-0 loss) and Atletico Madrid (0-0 draw). Can Los Blancos return on the winning ways on Tuesday evening when they travel to the Russian capital to take on CSKA Moscow in the second round of the Champions League?
Madrid did get off to a string kick off in their title defense bid in the most elite continental competition by smashing Roma 3-0 at Bernabeu. Isco, Gareth Bale and Marcelo Diaz notched goals in a convincing victory for Julen Lopetegui’s men on the opening day.
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
The two teams locked horns back in the 2011/12 Champions League campaign.
Real Madrid advanced 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 round back then.
The first leg in Moscow saw a 1-1 draw, but Los Blancos showed class in the reverse fixture celebrating a demolishing 4-1 victory on their soil.
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Armeitsy rebounded from a rather slower start to the season. They’ve been in good touch lately with three wins and a draw (to city rivals Spartak Moscow) in last four league outings. Viktor Goncharenko’s men improved their defensive performances significantly as they kept clean sheets in all of the mentioned wins in the Premier League.
CSKA drew 2-2 to Viktoria Plzen in the first round of Champions League. They saved a point thanks to a late stoppage-time equalizer from Everton’s loanee Nikola Vlasic who was safe from the spot. Goncharenko’s troops thus showed a phenomenal fighting spirit to come back from a two-goal deficit.
The reigning champions are certainly favourites here, but we rather see the value in backing a low-scoring affair knowing about the visitors’ struggles in the final third. The Under 2.5 goals FT is paid at 2.20 and it will be our top betting suggestion. You can also push for the draw at the half time at the odds of 2.40.
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.20 (6/5)
Draw at the half time @ 2.40 (7/5).