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Champions League: PSV vs CSKA Moscow preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 8 December 2015 @19:45 GMT

Venue: Phillips Stadion (Eindhoven)

Head to head record

CSKA Moscow vs PSV 3-2 (2015/2016 Champions League)
CSKA Moscow vs PSV 0-1 (2006/2007 Champions League)
PSV vs CSKA Moscow 2-1 (2006/2007 Champions League)

PSV vs CSKA Moscow prediction

PSV will be looking to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a win over CSKA Moscow when the two sides take on each other at Philips Arena on Tuesday. The Armeitsy are eyeing a place in the Europa League last 32, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards.

A win for the next phase

Thanks to a goalless draw with Manchester United PSV managed to keep their hopes of advancing to the Champions League knockout stages. The Dutch champions need to pick up all three points from Tuesday’s match against CSKA if they are to make it to the next phase and, no doubt, the hosts will go all guns blazing at the Russian side. It has been eight years since PSV last made it to the knockout stages of the elite competition, with the team suffering a loss to Liverpool in the 2006/2007 Champions League quarter-finals. Phillip Cocu’s men have been in a fine form of late. The Dutch side head into the match against CSKA following a win over Vitesse in the Eredivisie derby, but it has to be noted that the Philips Stadion outfit scored the winner in the dying minutes of the match. PSV have defeated both Manchester United and Wolfsburg in previous two home fixtures in the 2015/2016 Champions League campaign.

Arias misses the CSKA Moscow game through suspension, while the likes of Menno Koch and Jetro Willems are both sidelined with injury. Coach Phillip Cocu has no other selection worries ahead of the crucial Champions League match.

Poor form

Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Manchester United and Wolfsburg, CSKA Moscow dropped to last position in Group B. The Armeitsy, though, could still book their place in the Europa League knockout stages, but they need to beat PSV at Philips Stadion if they are to meet their goal. Leonid Slutsky’s men have been totally out of form of late and it has to be noted that the Russian side are on a seven-game winless run in all competitions. CSKA are leading the chase for the Russian Premier League trophy and it is more than obvious that they are fully focused on winning the domestic trophy. The Armeitsy struggle on the travels and I do not believe that they are capable of putting an end to their three-match losing run in the elite competition, speaking of away matches. You should bear in mind that CSKA have yet to score on the road in the 2015/2016 Champions League group stages.

Roman Eremenko has yet to overcome his injury, but defender Vassili Berezutski returns to the starting XI after missing the Wolfsburg game with injury. Seydou Doumbia is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against PSV.

PSV vs CSKA betting tip

Both PSV and CSKA will go for a win in Tuesday’s clash at Philips Stadion, but seeing that the Dutch team have been impressive at home ground this season, I do not believe that the Armeitsy, who struggle on the travels, are capable of grabbing something from their final group game. A win over Leonid Slutsky’s team will see the Rood-witten book their spot in the Champions League knockout stages and I believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts this time out.

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Tip: Home win

Odds: 1.80 (4/5) @bet365

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