CSKA Moscow take on the visitors Lyon at “Arena CSKA” in the first-leg game of the UEFA Europa league. The match will be played in Moscow on Thursday, March 8th.
CSKA Moscow have lost any chances to win the champion’s title of the Russian Premier League in this season, therefore, they may save the season only by their successful performance in the Eurocups. “Armeitsy” failed the UEFA Champions League, having settled only on the third place in Group A which had been formed by Manchester United, Basel and Benfica. “Koni” showed decent play in attack, having scored eight goals while their defense felt lack of confidence resulted in 10 goals conceded. In the latest home fights CSKA Moscow have managed to beat Ural and FK Crvena Zvezda with the same 1:0 scoreline plus destroyed Tosno 6:0.
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To a deep regret of their fans, Lyon demonstrate tremendously inconsistent play in this season, being unable to maintain the same level. On the group stage of the UEFA Europa League the club sit on the second position in one group with Atalanta, Everton and Apollon. “Les Gones” showed high effectiveness in attack, having scored 11 goals, however, their also looked tough and well-organized with only four goals conceded. In the previous tackles conducted on the road Lyon deserved 1:1 draw against Montpellier, lost 0:1 to Caen and defeated Villarreal 1:0.
It is going to be one of the most thrilling fights at this stage as at the moment the clubs stay nearly at the same level and it is hard to give an advantage to any of them. It is obvious that “Les Gones” have higher class, but they are in a poor shape now while CSKA Moscow may use the rivals’ mistakes and home-field factor. Thus, “Armeitsy” have a tiny advantage in the first-leg battle.
Prediction for the match: CSKA Moscow to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.