Prediction: CSKA Moscow vs AS Roma (Champions League, 25.11.2014)

CSKA will be out for blood or revenge as they get ready to host AS Roma in what promises out to be a completely different match than the one from several weeks ago. The first leg ended with Roma destroying the visitors 5-1, but the group of death will only be survived by two teams, one of which has already earned qualification. The hosts were viewed as the heavy outsiders after the initial draw, but with four points in four matches, actually, two considering they all came from both legs against Manchester City, CSKA dare to hope for knockout stages.

The hosts are passing through a bad form in their internal competition, and with three defeats in a row, they slipped to the third place, 10 points behind Zenit who are the current leaders. CSKA only managed to win twice against Italian teams while playing at home, and considering how they played against City, another goalscoring affair is almost out of cards, and both teams have a lot to lose now. The hosts will be without Bebras Natcho who picked up an injury while on international duty, but their hero from both legs against Man City should be available to score a few goals.
Roma will benefit greatly from getting Totti back from injury, while Maicon was confirmed as absent from the squad. The Giallorossi are currently three points behind Juventus in the Serie A table and come from a 1-2 win over Atalanta. Leandro Castan’s absence is being felt in the defence and by the looks of it, Ashley Cole cannot fill that void, which could see Florenzi in a fullback role. Ljajic is also in good goalscoring form, and knowing what it’s at stake, we cannot see Garcia keeping him on the bench.

Real Bet365 account via betting broker gives Roma a slight edge over CSKA and the visitors get 2.55 odds to win, while the hosts got 2.90 odds. A draw has 3.50 odds and over 2.5 goals has 1.85 odds. The unlikely repeat of the 1-5 Roma win has 101.00 odds and the wincast market of Musa to score first and CSKA to win has 11.00 odds. CSKA to score in both halves has 3.75 odds, AS Roma 3.40, and we’re betting 5 units on both teams to score and Roma to win with 4.50 odds.

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