Man Utd vs CSKA Moscow: Red Devils to claim top spot in style
Odds: Man Utd 9/25, Draw 15/4, CSKA Moscow 7/1
Kick Off: 1945, 05/12/2017
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United only need a draw with CSKA Moscow to guarantee top spot in their Champions League group but should really ease to victory at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were a class apart from the same opponents when prevailing 4-1 in Russia on Matchday 2 and can confirm that superiority, even if Jose Mourinho does make changes.
We’re kicking off our Man Utd vs CSKA Moscow betting predictions by taking 21/20 for the hosts to oblige by more than one goal.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United missed out on a fifth straight Group A success when failing to capitalise on their first-half dominance at Basel a fortnight ago, eventually going down 1-0 to a last-minute sucker-punch.
With Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo hitting the woodwork in the opening period, Mourinho moaned: “We lost because in the first half it should be 5-0.”
However, the Red Devils have responded with three straight Premier League victories, being particularly clinical up front at Watford and Arsenal.
Mourinho may have one eye on Sunday’s derby with City, but the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini can all come in if required.
Paul Pogba should also feature before serving a domestic ban for his dismissal against the Gunners.
Looking at the Man Utd vs CSKA Moscow odds, we like 8/5 for the hosts to score at least three goals for the 10th time this season.
A Look At CSKA Moscow’s Betting Odds
CSKA must pick up more points than Basel manage at Benfica to ensure second place, assuming they don’t beat United by more than six goals.
If both away teams prevail on Matchday 6, CSKA must win by a margin of three goals to go through, so the emphasis is on the Horses to attack and they should take heart from a 6-0 domestic triumph on Friday.
CSKA are in form, picking up five wins and a 2-2 draw at Lokomotiv Moscow from their last six fixtures, while they have scored in eight of nine Champions League games this term, including qualifiers.
That could make 23/10 for a home win and both teams to score appealing here, with Mourinho possibly resting David De Gea after his outstanding display at Arsenal.
At the other end, Igor Akinfeev kept a clean sheet in CSKA’s 2-0 defeat of Benfica on Matchday 5, but that was the first time in 44 Champions League matches he’s achieved that feat.
Last Champions League result:
Basel 1-0 MAN UTD
CSKA MOSCOW 2-0 Benfica – Georgy Schennikov, Jardel (og)
Head-to-head: CSKA Moscow 1-4 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 CSKA Moscow, CSKA Moscow 1-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 3-3 CSKA Moscow, CSKA Moscow 0-1 Man Utd
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