AS Roma vs CSKA Moscow
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome.
Last season’s surprise semi-finalists host the team from Russia in this Champions League fixture. CSKA Moscow, despite all their impressive performances in their home country, are considered minnows against the Italian team.
CSKA Moscow had a surprise win against Real Madrid in the tournament. Surprising as it may seem, a win or draw against this Madrid team deep in crisis cannot be considered a huge achievement. Roma has had their share of problems, but this is a challenge they will be up to.
Stadio Olimpico will witness the fighting spirit of the Roman players that was on full display against FC Barcelona last season.
AS Roma vs CSKA Moscow Head-to-head (h2h)
Roma and CSKA locked horns four time before and the Italians bagged 2 wins and 1 draw while losing 1.
The most recent came during the 2014/15 Champions League group stage – Roma win 5-1 at home before settling for a 1-1 stalemate in Moscow.
The previous h2h meeting date back to 1991, Cup Winners’ Cup round 1 tie won by Roma on aggregate after a 2-1 away win in Russia followed by a 0-1 home defeat.
Roma won 6 of the 8 overall meetings with Russian clubs, drew and lost 1 each.
CSKA’s overall record against Italian clubs is 5 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses from 16 matches.
Away in Italian soil, they won 3 of the 8, drew 2 and lost 4.
AS Roma vs CSKA Moscow Prediction
The team from the Italian capital should comfortably see out this match in style. For all their strengths and positives, the Russian side is no match for AS Roma. The home team possess more firepower as well as more experience in Europe.
Expect the hosts to dominate the match the whole of ninety minutes. The tricky forwards of the Roman side will be hard to negotiate for the inexperienced Moscow players. AS Roma will outscore their opponents by at least two goals.
AS Roma vs CSKA Moscow Betting Tips
Half Time/ Full Time: AS Roma/ AS Roma @ 1.95 (10/11)
European Handicap -1 (AS Roma) @ 1.91 (10/11).