Manchester United v CSKA Moscow Champions League 05/12/2017
Manchester United only need a draw in their final Group game in the Champions League to guarantee top spot.
The Red Devils ought to have got the job done in Basel last time but stumbled to a shock 1-0 defeat. Qualification is not yet mathematically certain but they would need to lose by more than six goals to put their place in jeopardy.
They face CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford with the Russians still hopeful of qualifying for the knockout phase. They need to do better than Basel achieve in their final Group game against Benfica to progress. The two sides have met twice previously in recent years in this competition. United needed an injury-time equaliser to rescue a point in a 3-3 draw here in 2009. United beat CSKA 1-0 at Old Trafford when the two sides met in the Group stages in 2015.
United have only lost once to a Russian side in 12 previous meetings. That was against FC Zenit in the Super Cup in 2008. They are unbeaten in 20 home games in Europe. Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Arsenal 3-1 in a bruising encounter on Saturday to maintain second spot in the EPL.
The game was notable for an outstanding performance from David De Gea while Paul Pogba received his marching orders. Mourinho has the luxury of being able to field a much-weakened side against CSKA and will be happy to use fringe players. That could include Ashley Young who struck twice against Watford recently.
The Russian club have not reached the last 16 of the Champions League since 2011/12. They have won both of their previous away games in the Group to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Their last four Champions League Group competitions have ended with the Russian side bottom. Last season they trailed Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur. They were beaten 3-1 at Spurs, their fourth defeat in eight matches in England. They will be without Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho on Tuesday with both serving a one-game suspension.
CSKA are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, winning five and drawing once. Their most recent fixture was at home to FC Tosno on Friday and resulted in a 6-0 victory. The absence of Wernbloom is a blow with the striker having netted five goals in his last six appearances. Also side-lined with long-germ injuries are Aleksei Berezutski, Georgi Schennikov and Georgi Milanov.
Champions League Betting Tips 05/12/2017
Manchester United to win by 2 goals or more @2.10 Bet365