CSKA Moscow vs Red Star Belgrade
UEFA Europa League
Date: Wednesday, 21st February 2018
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Arena CSKA (Moscow).
Everything is left to play for when CSKA Moscow welcome Red Star for the second leg of Europa League knockout tie.
The first leg at the Belgrade ended goal-less, in a drab affair where both sides failed to create any meaningful scoring chance. Both sides were without competitive football since December until then and this had an adverse effect. However, things could take a u-turn with the sides chasing a bigger price on Wednesday night.
CSKA Moscow vs Red Star Belgrade: Head-to-head
The first leg clash which ended in a goal-less draw happened to be the first competitive meeting between CSKA and Red Star.
CSKA are unbeaten against Serbian clubs with 1 win and 2 draws from 3 games. The victory came at home against Red Star’s city rivals Partizan Belgrade back in 2005.
Red Star have an overall record of 3W, 2D, 4L from 9 matches against Russian clubs. In Russian soil, they won 1, drew 1 and lost 2 from 4.
CSKA Moscow vs Red Star Belgrade: Predictions
Before picking the predictions, I would like to remind our readers that this game could see the different sides of the same coin. These two teams like to sit on the safe side, therefore this is expected to be another cagey affair. Yet, an early goal can completely change the complexion of the match providing an optimal scenario for the neutrals who wish to see an end to end attacking game.
But my pick is based on Red Star’s stellar defense that conceded just twice in 7 games since the tournament’s group stage. CSKA did struggle in Europe, both home and away. Therefore, we are in to see a low scoring match once again. To summarize, this match will be decided on the slimmest of the margins or none at all (a draw). Thus, the safe bets come from the goal markets.
CSKA Moscow vs Red Star Belgrade: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 match goals at 1.54 odds is a banker.
A decent alternate is the first half draw for 2.05 odds.