Man City in repeat Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow
Following their 4-1 dismantling of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City travel to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, a fixture that sadly wasn’t remembered for on-field footballing reasons last season. Odds-on at 4/7 to win the match, City recorded a 2-1 victory in the corresponding fixture with Sergio Aguero netting a first half brace.
At home last season, City won 5-2, with Aguero again getting two goals against the Russian outfit. A recommended bet could be for the Argentinian to score two or more, with Coral offering enhanced odds of 6/1 when you stake up to £10. For Man City to beat them and both teams to score, take a price of 12/5.
Furthermore, Aguero hit all four goals against Spurs, and looks in stunning form at the moment. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will also remember Zoran Tosic, who net the opener in the same fixture, so to do so again in front of a home crowd he is priced at 14/1, and 11/2 in the anytime market.
It was the home support, however, that particularly upset City last term, with racist abuse directed at star player Yaya Toure, resulting in UEFA coming down heavily on the club and their supporters. Toure didn’t feature against Tottenham, and whether he was rested with this game in mind remains to be seen. The Ivorian is 7/4 to strike anytime for a City side that were relentless against Maurcio Pochettino’s Spurs outfit.
CSKA centre forward Seydou Doumbia was on target at the Etihad, even though it turned out to be merely a consolation goal. Toure’s compatriot has struck six in seven league appearances so far this term, and is good value at 7/2 to net in the anytime market, and also has seven in 11 Champions League appearances.
Doumbia’s strike partner Ahmed Musa, meanwhile, who is 11/4 to net anytime, may have infuriated the away team suggesting they are “very weak”.
“We’re going to use that advantage because in the couple of two games they played they are not that good,” he said in a press conference.
“We know their weak point – they are very weak in their defence – so we are going to try to do our best to work against that,” continued Musa, who netted two last time out in CSKA’s latest league match.
“We know a lot about them so we are going to try to do our best to fix what was decided last year. We are going to fix it tomorrow.”
Pellegrini, though, is hoping his important players step up in Russia: “I always said when you want to win something you need a team that knows how to play and after that – having a team knowing how to play – you need to have your best performance.
“We have very important players and of course they must make the difference after the team plays in a way I like. So I am sure we’ll see – maybe against Bayern Munich we were a little bit unlucky, it was a game we play away,” he continued.
“Against Roma we didn’t play well, but I hope we start now in the Champions League playing the way we have in the last two games in Premier League.”