CSKA Moscow vs Bayer Leverkusen: Preview and Prediction

CSKA Moscow vs Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Champions League – Group E
Date: Tuesday, 22nd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK,
Venue: Arena Khimki, Moscow.

It is do or die for CSKA Moscow when they host Bayer Leverkusen for the matchday 5 of the Champions League on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016.

CSKA Moscow have managed only 2 points from their four matches so far and stay at the bottom of the Group E standings. They are at the verge of an early elimination if they fail to defeat Leverkusen on matchday 5. CSKA were thrashed 3-0 on matchday 4 at Monaco with all three goals happening inside the first 45 minutes.

Bayer Leverkusen earned a narrow 1-0 win at London on matchday 4 against Tottenham Hotspur to go second in the group with 6 points. The Bundesliga outfit have drawn their all three previous matches in the group stage. They are in a commanding position at the moment and a win will see them through to the knockout round if Spurs fail to beat Monaco.

Group E Point Standings: Monaco (8), Leverkusen (6), Spurs (4), CSKA (2).

CSKA Moscow vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-Head Stats

The first leg clash on matchday 1 which finished in a 2-2 draw is the only competitive meeting between CSKA and Leverkusen. The Germans took a 2 goal lead within 15 minutes through Admir Mehmedi and Calhanoglu. Alan Dzagoev led the CSKA comeback with a 36th minute goal, which was completed by Eremenko within 2 minutes.

CSKA have a poor record against Bundesliga sides as they managed only 2 wins and a draw from 11 matches so far, suffering 8 defeats. Both wins have come at home, while they suffered 3 losses from the 5 so far. The draw against Leverkusen was the first ever time they avoided a defeat in German soil in 6 visits.

Bayer Leverkusen have met Russian Premier League sides on 8 occasions in UEFA competitions and picked 4 wins and 1 draw, while losing 3. They have won 2 and lost 2 in 4 trips to Russia.

CSKA Moscow vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction

CSKA Moscow are on a disastrous run of form in all competitions. They did struggle, despite defeating a lowly Arsenal Tula 1-0 in their domestic league fixture on the weekend. This remains their only win in the last 5 in all competitions with the previous 4 seeing 1 draw and 3 defeats. Their record in Europe is also not that great as they are win-less in the last 8 with 3 draws and 5 defeats.

Bayer Leverkusen on the other hand were on a good run before squandering a lead to loss to a flamboyant RB Leipzig 3-2 in their weekend Bundesliga fixture. They were on a 4 match winning run in all competitions prior to that. Also, they are yet to lose a match in this season’s Champions League and must essentially consider strong favourites to stay unbeaten here.

Expect CSKA to give their all to get a win to stay in the competition. As a results, we can expect goals to fall at both ends. So opting for the various options in the goal markets are profitable bets for this Champions League tie.

CSKA Moscow vs Bayer Leverkusen: Bet Tips

The following Odds are provided by Ladbrokes Sportsbook.

Both Teams to Score at 8/11 (1.72)
Over 2.5 Goals at 10/11 (1.90)
Asian Handicap – Leverkusen [0.0, +0.5] at 1.42.