CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid - Free Betting Tips

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Having begun their Champions League campaign with a hefty win over closest rivals Roma, Real Madrid visit Moscow to play CSKA knowing that they can take a practically decisive step towards the group’s top spot with a win here. After a draw in their first game, the hosts find themselves on the wrong end of all the CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid betting tips. They’d settle for a point here, and might be in luck as Real will have to do without some of their key players this evening.

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CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid Best Odds

02. October 2018 | 20:00
Football » Champions League

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Tip:
Real Madrid win and Both Teams To Score
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37/20
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Mariano to score first
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Real Madrid 3-1
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Real are definite favourites, but the absence of captain and talisman Sergio Ramos may unsettle their defence – this makes the odds of 37/20 on the visitors to win and both teams to score a very attractive offer from Unibet. Perhaps the CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid best odds though are at Coral, who have striker Mariano at 10/3 to grab the first goal. He’s been in fine form since returning to the club from Lyon, and the absence of Bale pushes him up the “likely to score first” chart. Finally, those looking for more of a punt might be interested in 138.com’s offer of 10/1 on the visitors to win 3-1. They’re easily the better side, but we can see them conceding.

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Real Madrid win and Both Teams To Score
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10/3
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Mariano to score first
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Real Madrid 3-1
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CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid Betting Tips: Form Guide

CSKA Off To Shaky Start

Having finished just two points off the title last season, CSKA will have hoped to embark on the 2018/19 campaign with a renewed vigour to overcome local rivals Lokomotiv. However, after nine games they find themselves seven points off the lead and in very patchy form. They’ve won four games, drawn three and lost two, and dropped points against some of the Premier League’s worst sides. The only consolation is that Lokomotiv have been worse so far.

Their start to the Champions League came within moments of making this campaign even worse, as they fell 2-0 behind to designated Group G whipping boys Viktoria Plzen by half time. The Muscovites pulled a goal back at the start of the second half but looked as though they would fall to defeat as they toiled for over forty minutes before, in the fourth minute of time added on, Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic scored from a controversially-awarded penalty. A point rescued, but CSKA will have felt that they needed to win the home and away games against the Czech side to have any chance of progressing to the last 16.

CSKA do come into this game off the back of perhaps their best run of form this season, having won three of their last four league games and played out a draw at home to city neighbours Spartak. It’s fair to say, though, that CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid betting tips will take account of the difference in quality between tonight’s opponents and the weekend’s victims Orenburg.

Real Dealing With Life After Ronaldo

Having won this competition three times in a row, Real might feel that it’s tough to get themselves motivated for another run at Europe’s top prize. Motivation is just one part of the question, too, given that the Champions League’s star performer of recent years has jumped ship and signed for Juventus. Added to those issues, the manager who took them to all three finals has left the club, Zinedine Zidane choosing to go out at the top. New boss Julen Lopetegui now has to find a way to build a title-winning side with mostly the same players who’ve done it all before, minus the best one. No pressure.

Real certainly began their latest defence of this trophy in fine form. Visitors Roma made it to the semi-final last year, and looked on paper like a stiff challenge for this vintage of los Merengues. On grass, they held out for 45 minutes before Isco struck the opening goal. A finish from Bale on the hour more or less sealed the three points,  before a very Ronaldo-esque goal from Mariano applied a layer of gloss in time added on. The bad news for Real? Bale will miss this game with a thigh injury picked up in a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid, Isco isn’t fit either, and Ramos has been left at home to keep him fit for a long season.

Domestically, Madrid are level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, each side having won their first four games, then drawn one, lost their next and played out a tricky draw at the weekend. It’s not been a perfect start to the season, but as most CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid match previews will point out, Lopetegui has a hard act to follow. What he’s shown so far has been fairly encouraging.

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The Last Five Games

CSKA Moscow VS. Real Madrid

  • CSKA Form3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 matches
  • CSKA Goals11 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Real Madrid Form2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Real Madrid Goals5 goals in the last 5 matches
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CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid Preview: Recent Meetings

The last time these sides faced off was in the last 16 of the 2012 Champions League. CSKA may take some comfort from the fact that in the first leg of the tie, they held the Spanish giants to a 1-1 draw thanks to a late Pontus Wernbloom equaliser. The Swedish defender scored in the third minute of time added on after Ronaldo had scored on 28 minutes for the visitors. In the second leg, the roof fell in on the Russian side as Real won 4-1 (5-2 on aggregate) with goals coming from Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and another two for Ronaldo. Of course, Benzema is the only one of those players who remains at the Bernabeu. Indeed, there has been a great deal of squad turnover on both sides in the last six years, so tonight’s game will be a different proposition entirely.

CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid Prediction: Comfortable Away Win

A few of the games in the first round of fixtures ended up with surprise results, and that’s a reminder that although many games may appear on the face of things to be foregone conclusions, it’s never a good idea to assume anything. With that said, there is a demonstrable gulf in class between these sides and with Lopetegui determined that he won’t be compared unfavourably with the departed Zidane, he’ll want to get a big performance from the side this evening. CSKA should not be taken lightly, but they’ve won fewer than half of their games so far this season. Not a single one of those was against a side even close to as good as Madrid can be.

It’s logical, then, to make a CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid prediction of a comfortable away win. Even with players injured and rested, the visitors could in all probability rest a few more and still have the better side. They may take a little longer than usual to find their feet here, but when they do they should have enough in the tank to see off this opposition comfortably. We’d go for a 3-1 win for the visitors here.

Thanks for reading, and as always, please make sure that you keep coming back to Betting.org for more match previews and betting tips. We’ll dig through the facts and figures to bring you the information that ensures you can make the smartest bets. Good luck!

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