CSKA Moscow vs FC Basel
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 18 October 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
CSKA Moscow’s goal in added time when they hosted Manchester United three weeks ago didn’t change much, they lost 4-1 instead of 4-0, but threw my “United win and clean sheet” 2.60 tip to the trashcan. The Russian side were 3-0 down by the 26th minute(!!), and if United had not pulled the brake in the second half the score would have been way heavier for the hosts. A disappointing night, given that CSKA had beaten Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon on the opening day of the group stage, raising the bar. In two Russia Premier League matches since their defeat to United, they picked up four points, and are now sitting third in the table, four points behind leaders Zenit.
Betting companies considered Benfica favourites to win the game when they visited Basel three weeks ago, but I had serious doubts, and I explained why I considered Basel’s double chance at 1.60 rather good. Truth is, I couldn’t even imagine that Basel would go on to ridicule Benfica, beating them 5-0(!!). If you’re wondering if they had ever won a game in the Champions League by that many goals, the answer is “no”. In 2014 they beat Ludogorets 4-0 in the group stage, that was their biggest victory before thrashing Benfica 5-0 (I’m writing it again and again, and I still find it difficult to believe it). Four points from two championship games the last two and a half weeks have Basel third in the table in Switzerland, five points behind leaders Young Boys.
Previous five matches:
Krasnodar vs CSKA Moscow 0-1
CSKA Moscow vs Ufa 0-0
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United 1-4
Dinamo Moscow vs CSKA Moscow 0-0
Avangard Kursk vs CSKA Moscow 1-0
Lugano vs Basel 0-4
Grasshopper vs Basel 0-0
FC Basel vs Benfica 5-0
FC Basel vs Zurich 1-0
St Gallen vs Basel 2-1
CSKA Moscow’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Zenit (Russia Premier League). A day earlier, Basel will be hosting Thun (Switzerland championship).
CSKA Moscow vs FC Basel: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
CSKA Moscow vs FC Basel: Prediction
Given Basel’s form, I’m willing to go against the odds and suggest their double chance.
CSKA Moscow vs FC Basel: Betting Tips
“Draw or Basel” pays 1.78, which I consider better value than CSKA’s win at 2.00 betting odds. Both teams to score is at 1.83, and saves you from worrying about who wins or loses.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- APOEL Nicosia vs Borussia Dortmund
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- Spartak Moscow vs Sevilla
- Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid
- Chelsea vs Roma
- Bayern Munich vs Celtic
- Anderlecht vs PSG
- Juventus vs Sporting
- Benfica vs Manchester United
- Barcelona vs Olympiakos