CSKA Moscow vs Basel: The Russians of CSKA have arrived on this Champions’ League group stage after having won in the play-off easily.
In the league, they are playing well and have once again gotten closer to the current leader Zenit who surprisingly lost on the last round, at home. CSKA can get even closer next weekend, when they will host Zenit at home.
But first they have this match, which is also very important, because CSKA has 3 points, conquered in Lisbon on the 1st round by beating Benfica 1-2 on a match where they even conceded first but were then able to comeback.
On the 2nd round, they couldn’t impose themselves upon Manchester United and lost at home by an expressive result of 1-4. Now when they host Basel, it is essential to give out a positive reply.
Basel is a team that can become dangerous and on this group, they will surely get between Benfica and CSKA on the fight for 2nd place.
They started their campaign in the Champions League poorly, with a 3-0 loss in Manchester. However, on the 2nd round, at home, they won 5-0 against Benfica, in what was an unexpected result in a match where they weren’t even favourites to win.
That result has surely motivated this team a lot, and now they travel to Russia with a lot of aspirations to get some points there.
This Basel transitions very well into the counter-attack and has fast and creative players up front. They can be a dangerous team, just like they’ve already proved against Benfica.
CSKA Moscow vs Basel – Betting Tip and Prediction:
CSKA is a colder team and I believe that, even not having a great performance, they will end up winning this encounter.
That’s what happened against Young Boys and then against AEK, on the Champions’ League Play-offs.
They were only surprised at home by Manchester United, not being able to impose themselves and struggling to keep up with United’s pace.
In this match, they should control the match a bit more, but this CSKA is very pragmatic. They don’t need to attack a lot of times to create danger and score.
Against Basel at home is the ideal scenario to get the 3 points and I don’t expect them to go into this match worrying about the weekend’s derby against Zenit.
|CSKA Moscow to win||