Kick Off: 1800, 02/08/2017
Stadium: Stadion CSKA Moskva
CSKA Moscow look to be sitting pretty after prevailing 2-0 in the away leg against AEK Athens and should comfortably ease through this Champions League qualifier.
That was the first time long-standing keeper Igor Akinfeev had kept a clean sheet in this competition for 11 years, with 77 goals conceded since a 0-0 draw at Arsenal in November 2006.
However, he now has the taste for holding firm and 5/4 for another win to nil is worth including in our CSKA Moscow vs AEK Athens betting predictions.
A Look At CSKA Moscow’s Betting Odds
CSKA Moscow struck twice from corners last week, with Alan Dzagoev netting a typical poacher’s goal from close range and then Pontus Wernbloom towering above the home defence to head in a second.
That triumph was then followed by a Russian League triumph over Energiya by the same scoreline, giving CSKA two wins from three games in that domestic tournament.
Last season, Tottenham, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen all only scored once at this venue and we don’t think AEK are in the same class as those teams.
Looking at the CSKA Moscow vs AEK Athens odds, 31/20 for the hosts to oblige 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 appeals.
A Look At AEK Athens’ Betting Odds
AEK Athens only finished fourth in the Greek Super League last season before ending the campaign strongly in the play-offs to earn a crack at Europe’s elite.
However, they haven’t reached the group stage since the 2006/07 season and look exposed at this level judged on the opening encounter with CSKA.
Last year’s 1-0 aggregate loss to St Etienne in a Europa League qualifier hardly inspires confidence either, so we have no hesitation in taking them on again after backing CSKA to oblige in Greece.
Goals are unlikely to flow once more but 5/4 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time still warrants a place in our CSKA Moscow vs AEK Athens betting tips.
AEK ATHENS 0-2 CSKA MOSCOW – Alan Dzagoev, Pontus Wernbloom
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