City To Keep Last 16 Hopes Alive
Back Man City To Beat CSKA Moscow
Those of you tuning in to watch CSKA Moscow v Man City at 5.00pm on Sky Sports 5 can expect an eerie atmosphere as the game will be played behind closed doors at Arena Khimki. No doubt the empty stadium will have an effect on both sets of players, but the home side will be missing their vociferous supporters which will perhaps give the visitors an easier night. CSKA Moscow gave a good account of themselves when only losing 0-1 here against Bayern Munich and head into tonight’s game on the back of thrashing Kuban Krasnodar 6-0 at the weekend.
Manchseter City simply cannot afford to lose this match having notched only a single point in two Group E games so far. They were desperately unlucky not to get a result away to Bayern Munich, but now face an uphill battle to reach the last 16 after drawing at home to Roma. Sergio Aguero took care of Tottenham single-handedly on Saturday, scoring all four of City’s goals in a 4-1 win and Manuel Pellegrini will be counting on his prize asset to do the business again in Moscow this evening.
Matt Le Tissier Tips: “I doubt many defenders would fancy facing Sergio Aguero when he’s in top form and he can fire City to their first win in the group phase tonight. City won both games against CSKA Moscow last season and bet365’s 4/6 looks a fair price for them to keep their last 16 hopes alive by making it three in a row against the Russians.
The same firm are quoting 10/3 Aguero to score first which can be backed each-way to return 1/3 of those odds against half of the stake, if he scores anytime in the match.”
CSKA Moscow have a number of absentees this evening with Rasmus Elm, Vitinho and Kirill Panchenko injured, while Mario Fernandez and Seydou Doumbia are doubts for the home side. Add to that the suspensions of Alan Dzagoev and Pontus Wernbloom and it looks like Man City will be taking on a rather depleted side.
Aleksandar Kolarov, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure may all come into the starting XI for City after starting the 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham from the bench. Edin Dzeko may miss out once again with Sergio Aguero expected to spearhead the attack after a memorable performance at the weekend.