Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow: Match Preview and Predicted Lineup

Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).

The narrow defeat at the Basel on matchday 5 set the stage for Manchester United needing at least a point from their final group game against CSKA Moscow to qualify as group winners.

Meantime, the Russians need to better the result of Basel to qualify as runner-up, or a massive win to grab the top spot in the table.

CSKA and Basel are locked on 9 points, but the Swiss team have a better head-to-head record. United sit on top of the log with 12 points, while Benfica are eliminated after losing all their 5 games so far.

United had defeated Benfica and Basel in their previous two home games on the group phase, both wins came with clean sheets. Besides, they boast a 100% win record from 10 games in all competitions this season and average 2.9 goals per game.

Meantime, CSKA bagged wins in both their away games of the campaign, the same 2-1 score-line against Basel and Benfica. They had to wait till matchday 5 for the first home win of the campaign which came by a comfortable 2-0 margin against Benfica.

Manchester United vs CSKA: Head-to-head

The Red Devils won 4-1 when the teams met in the opening group game.

United are unbeaten in the 5 meetings with CSKA, 3 wins and 2 draws.

At Old Trafford, the record is 1 win and 1 draw – 1-1 in 2015 and 3-3 in 2009.

United’s overall record against Russian sides is 4 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss from 12 games. They are unbeaten at home with the five matches producing 2 wins and 3 draws. The lone defeat came against FC Zenit in the Super Cup Final in a neutral venue at Monaco.

CSKA lost 10 of their 18 games against English clubs, won 3 and drew 5. One of those wins came during their 8 visits to England, 3 draws and 4 losses.

Manchester United vs CSKA: Prediction

The pressure is on CSKA and they must win here in-order to qualify for the round of 16. But, Manchester United are bullet-proofed at home and it is hard to see any visitor leaving with 3 points from Old Trafford.


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