CSKA Moscow vs Roma 11/25/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview,Odds and Prediction
Roma vs CSKA Moscow
Tuesday 25th November 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: CSKA Moscow 19/10 Draw 5/2 Roma 29/20 See the Latest Odds
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The first of Tuesday's Champions League games comes from Moscow where Roma will take on CSKA. Roma come into this game off the back of a great win against Atalanta where they trailed 1-0 early but came back to win 2-1. Roma and CSKA are level on points in the Group both with four points on the head to head Roma have the advantage having won the game in Rome 5-1. This is a must win for both teams and should lead to an open game. Roma will turn to captain Totti and he will be the man to lead the line up top on his own. Gervinho and Ljalic will be key figures on the wings as they act as wing backs dropping back when not in possession. Roma have lost the last two games in Europe against Bayern Munich and CSKA come into this one off the back of a thrilling win in Manchester.
There is no doubt that CSKA's win in Manchester was one of the shocks of the tournament and the Russian side know that a win here at home could well mean they advance to the knockout stages. Doumbia and Musa are the key men up front but they are abily assisted by Natcho and Eremenko from the midfield. CSKA have lost two league games in a row, not the ideal preparation for a huge game like this but they have played well at home in Europe only losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich and coming from two down to draw with Manchester City 2-2. This is a huge game for the Russians but will be played behind closed doors again as the Russians serve a suspension for racist chanting from their fans last season.
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What should be an open game could be decided by the narrowest of margins there is no doubt in my mind this will not be a repeat of the 5-1 win Roma had in Rome. I think that we see this one end up in a draw and at 5/2 there is some value there.