CSKA Moscow – Man City 23.10.2013
CSKA Moscow welcome Manchester City in the third round of the Champions League group stage.
The two teams are likely to fight for the second place in Group D as defending champions Bayern Munich are likely to take the first spot at the end of the process.
CSKA Moscow clinched yet another title in Russian Premier League last season, securing a place in the Champions League Group stages. Armeytsy have kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, but the team returned to the winning ways next week as they outplayed Plzen 3-2 on home soil. At the weekend Leonid Slutskyˈs men lost the derby against Zenit 2-0 and they are now no less than 11 points adrift of the league leaders, meaning that they are unlikely to defend the domestic title. CSKA Moscow always produce much better displays on home soil, but seeing that Armeytsy are on a three-match losing run in the Russian Premier League at the moment, I do not believe that they are capable of avoiding defeat against Manchester City. The only advantage for the hosts will be the notorious pitch at the Russian champions’ Khimki Arena stadium. A man to watch in the home side will be striker Ahmed Musa who has already scored five goals this season.
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Manchester City have been having their ups and downs under new coach Manuel Pellegrini. The Citizens are sitting in fourth place in the Premier League standings and at the weekend the team finally recorded first away victory in the league, beating West Ham United 3-1, with Kun Aguero scoring a brace and David Silva adding the third goal. Manuel Pellegriniˈs men have not made a flying start to their Champions League campaign as they were beaten by defending champions Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, but the team regained the confidence after a routine 3-0 away victory over Czech champions Viktoria Plzen. The Citizens now take on CSKA Moscow at Khimki Arena stadium in a classic six-pointer and seeing that the hosts have been totally out of form of late, I believe that the away victory should be considered. Should the visitors happen to win this match, they will cement the second place in Group D.