Manchester Utd. - CSKA Moskva

Although Sir Alex didn’t spend too much from funds that club got from Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, team performing well so far and beside Chelsea, United is a main favorite to win Premier League. Potential problem is not so big number of players for rotation. Especially in attack and defense line. Ferguson announced the intention to bring Villa and Silva from Valencia, but currently he has to “patch” some lines with fringe players. Tonight, defense line will be without Rio Ferdinand and Vidic, while Ji-sung Park and Ryan Giggs also will miss the game. Dimitar Berbatov is a doubt with a knee injury. Considering their trip to Stamford Bridge at Sunday, I really can’t see him in the team tonight. Wayne Rooney got a son, missed the Monday training session and probably will be involved in celebration more likely than in tonight’s encounter. So, fully motivated Owen will start, beside excellent youngster Danny Welbeck. Midfield is well covered, but defense line should look like this: Neville, Evans, Brown, Evra. With these four, I really can not see a clean sheet tonight. A win would bring a first place in the group, but surely won’t be so easy for United.


Russians have been playing an unsuccessful season in domain competition. With five rounds till the end, CSKA have already lost every chance for a title, but also for a spot for Champions League next year. Juande Ramos paid the bill for “ugly football” (he claims he left by his own), team has the third boss in recent season - Leonid Slutsky and he’ll has a debut on a big scene tonight. In the first game at their Luzhniki Stadium, they made a lots of problems to United and unlucky lost at the end (0-1, Valencia 86.min.). They have a chance for progress from the group and surely travel with some optimism to Trafford. Strong Czech striker, Tomas Necid will be alone in attack, but also will be supported from the flanks. Young Alan Dzagoev (19 years old), already called “new Arshavin” on one side and Milos Krasic (Serbian international and future AC Milan acquisition) on other, will try to make a mess in modified United’s defense line (I guess Garry Neville will be the primary target). No significant missings for tonight’s match.


Odds around 1.35 definitely shouldn’t be considered. Hosts are always favorites, they’re motivated to finish the job, but defense line won’t look too safe. Russians have quality to fight and maybe make a surprise. I see an open game and suggest goals as a best bet for this game. Bookie Betway offer 2.10, Pinnacle 2.00. Over.


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