CSKA Moscow vs Lyon
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 March 2018
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
CSKA Moscow had to… bleed before eliminating Red Star Belgrade in the previous round, staying very focused defensively in 180 minutes. After a goalless draw in Serbia, Alan Dzagoev finally gave the Russian side the lead seconds before the end of the first half in Moscow, in the return leg, and they managed to protect that lead until the final whistle. The Premier League in Russia restarted last weekend, and Spartak beat Ural 1-0 at home. Thanks to another Dzagoev goal, this time in the 59th minute. Three official matches in 2018, three clean sheets, just two goals scored, bottom line, Spartak get the job done, even without impressing offensively. They are one of the three teams on 38 points in Russia’s league, eight points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.
A local newspaper, and not the coach or the players, is to blame for Lyon’s struggles lately, according to their president, Jean-Michel Aulas. He named “Le Progrès” as the… route of the problems at Lyon, accusing them of trying to create a negative environment surrounding the club. Lyon eliminated Villarreal in the previous Europa League round beating them twice, but right after that they were treated with three consecutive slaps on the face. First, they “only” drew 1-1 against Saint-Etienne at home, a derby between neighboring clubs. Then, Caen kicked them out of Coupe de France. Last weekend, another disappointing result, a poor 1-1 at Montpellier. You could say they are in crisis, and the fact that they are about to play in Moscow’s freezing conditions, is not making their life any easier.
Previous five matches:
CSKA Moscow vs Ural 1-0
CSKA Moscow vs Red Star Belgrade 1-0
CSKA Moscow vs Esbjerg 0-0
Red Star Belgrade vs CSKA Moscow 0-0
Elche vs CSKA Moscow 0-3
Montpellier vs Lyon 1-1
Caen vs Lyon 1-0
Lyon vs Saint-Étienne 1-1
Villarreal vs Lyon 0-1
Lille vs Lyon 2-2
CSKA’s next game is at Akhmat Grozny, on Sunday (Russia Premier League). Same day, Lyon will be hosting Caen (France Ligue 1).
CSKA Moscow vs Lyon: Head to head Stats
CSKA have faced six French clubs in the past, but not Lyon.
CSKA Moscow vs Lyon: Prediction
Do keep in mind, the temperature in Moscow during the game is expected to be around -7 Celsius, whatever that means… You have one team used to playing in such conditions, and one who are anything but used to that. All things considered, I’m backing CSKA to win the game.
CSKA Moscow vs Lyon: Betting Tips
CSKA’s win pays 2.84, which I consider more than good enough to avoid risking further with special bets.
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