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Champions League: CSKA Moscow vs PSV Eindhoven preview

Kick off: Wednesday, 30.09.2015 @20:45

Venue: Arena Khimki

Head to head record

CSKA Moscow vs PSV 0-1 (Champions League)
PSV vs CSKA Moscow 2-1 (Champions League)

CSKA Moscow vs PSV Eindhoven prediction

The Russian outfit play host to Dutch champions looking to earn their first three points in this season’s campaign of UEFA Champions League. The numbers are against the Army men as PSV have won each one of the previous two encounters in the elite European competition against the Wednesday’s opposition.

Misfiring Militarians

CSKA Moscow are unbeaten in the Russian Premier League this term and their first defeat of the season came at the hands of Wolfsburg 1-0 in this season’s Champions League opener two weeks ago. Leonid Slutskiy’s charges are concerned with their failure to convert opportunities as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Lokomotiv Moscow who were even a man down in the last ten minutes of last weekend’s derby game. CSKA are winless in their last five home Champions League games which is their longest run in elite competition. What is more, the Russians have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 17 Champions League games which was also the case in their last two games against the Wednesday’s rivals.

Leonid Slutskiy will have some major injury concerns for the forthcoming fixture as midfielder Aleksand Golovin and defender Georgi Schennikov are out through their thigh and ankle injuries, respectively. Vasiliy Berezutskiy and Roman Eremenko are both having some abdominal problems, while Aleksandrs Cauna is a doubt with his foot injury. Most importantly, CSKA might be without their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who is hoping to beat his knee injury in time for the game against PSV.

PSV looking to make history

Having shocked Manchester United on their Champions League opener, The Eredivisie champions will be hoping to make history when they travel to play CSKA Moscow. Dutch side have never before won their opening two games in elite competition, but will be looking to continue their fine stretch against the Russian league leaders on Wednesday. PSV won their both encounters against CSKA in 2007, but they do not have fond memories of Russian teams in general as they have lost their last four European encounters against teams from Russia. The Rood-witten are in fine form, though, having lost only one of their last ten games in all competitions this term. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSV’s last six games in all competitions, as Dutch champions are scoring and conceding at the same time.

Cocu will be without the services of their leading goalscorer Luuk de Jong who damaged his ankle against NEC. Andres Guardado is having the same problem and will also miss the Wednesday’s encounter. In addition, the PSV manager will be without Florian Jozefzoon, Jetro Willems and Menno Koch who are suffering from long-term injuries.

CSKA Moscow vs PSV Eindhoven betting tip

Russian side will be hoping to make amends for their opening defeat to Wolfsburg and will look to use the home turf advantage and prevent the Dutch team from making history and notching up their third victory in a row against the Army men. Buoyed by their win over Manchester United, on the other hand, PSV will be highly motivated to make another great result. I expect both teams to succumb to the pressure and see goals on both sides of the turf.

Tip: Both teams to score

Odds: 1.80 (4/5) @888sport

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