CSKA and Man United could dish up a thriller in Moscow
Manchester United are undoubtedly still a work in progress. Brilliant one week, boring the next, Louis van Gaal is still deciding on his best team and formation and their two Champions League matches to date have emphasized their Jekyll-and-Hyde nature.
They should have beaten PSV in the Netherlands but lost. Then didn’t play well against Wolfsburg but fought back from conceding an early goal to get their campaign up-and-running – which side of the new-look United will we see against CSKA in Moscow?
There was nothing wrong with van Gaal’s team at Everton on Saturday. Goodison Park is not an easy place at which to get a result but United were never in any danger after scoring twice in four first-half minutes. Wayne Rooney’s goal in the second half against his boyhood club being the icing on the cake. Rooney has scored more goals in the Champions League than the Premier League so far this season and the England captain will be keen to add to his tally in the Arena Khinki, though will be closely marked.
All four teams in Group D have three points to date, however, and CSKA did beat PSV in their first home match in the section. But they looked wide-open on occasions and conceded twice. If they adopt the same gung-ho tactics against United, you would fancy Mata and company to pick them off.
The Ivory Coast’s Seydou Doumbia scored against PSV and is their main striker, though Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa is also a danger man. Many of CSKA’s team are in the Russia squad that has just qualified for Euro 2016 but Leonid Slutskiy’s side haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 18 Champions League matches. They lost their only previous meeting with United in Moscow in 2009 but did draw 3-3 at Old Trafford and games against English clubs in general provide plenty of goals (23 in the last five).
Over 3.5 in our Goals Over/Under market this time is 43/20. Manchester United to win by 1 is 31/10 in our Winning Margins betting with Rooney available at 6/1 to be Last Goalscorer.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, October 21st at the Arena Khimki
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