Preview - CSKA Moscow vs Roma 08 November 18

Started by Harry85, Nov 07, 2018, 05:30 PM

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Champions' League Group G
CSKA Moscow vs. Roma
Thursday, November 8th 2018
01:55am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: VEB Arena

CSKA Moscow: 
Last five matches form: L W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.31
Average goals against per match: 0.54
Top Scorer: Fedor Chalov ( 8 )

Roma:
Last five matches form: W L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.64
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy (3)

Group G in the Champions League continues to look pretty tight with just two points separating the top three sides with three games to play. The result of this clash - as third placed CSKA Moscow taken on second placed Roma - could therefore be pivotal in determining who makes it through to the knockout stages.

It was Roma who were well on top in the reverse of this fixture two weeks ago, when comprehensively beating CSKA 3-0. Things likely won't be quite so easy for them now playing in Russia though.

The undoubted highlight of CSKA's season to date was their 1-0 victory over Real Madrid here. Other than that though they have been largely struggling for form with just one win in their past six games. Their overall record at home in the Champions League is also far from solid, with as many losses as wins.

With a relatively fit squad from which to select - no confirmed absentees at present - it is Roma who hold the edge on the injury front. CSKA must do without the injured quartet of Georgy Schmenikov, Viktor Vasin, Aleksandr Makarov and Kristijan Bistrovic.

For us, Roma are a level above CSKA Moscow, and whilst it would be a surprise were this to be quite so comfortable as their 3-0 win at home, we still expect the Italian side to come out on top.


Prediction: CSKA Moscow 1 - 2 Roma

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 -2
Shots:  11 - 13
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 49% - 51%

Two bookings in this one, both for the home side, and both for Hoerdur Magnusson who was dismissed in the 56th minute.

A really even game on the balance of play out in Moscow, and who knows which way this would have gone but for the home side being reduced to ten men early in the second half. It was Roma who did narrowly edge it on the stats on the night though, and crucially of course on the scoresheet.

Roma certainly flew out of the traps in Russia, taking the lead in just the fourth minute. Lorenzo Pellegrini swinging over a corner from the left hand side and Konstantinos Manolas just getting his head to the ball before keeper Igor Akinfeev. Akinfeev did get fingertips on it but couldn't prevent it going in. 0-1 at half time.

Just five minutes into the second half, the home side were back on level terms. Ilzat Akhmetov firing the ball low into the area to find Arnor Sigurdsson. Good control from Sigurddson and smart finish into the bottom right from around 12 yards.

Then came the dismissal of Magnusson to tilt the balance firmly back in favour of the away side.

Just three minutes after the sending off Roma were back in front. Bryan Cristante badly scuffing an effort from the edge of the area, but straight to the feet of Lorenzo Pellegrini to finish low into the left corner from the left side of the six yard box.

Roma look good to qualify for the knockout stages now, level on points at the top of the group with Real Madrid. CSKA appear to be up against it being five points back with only two games to play.

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