CSKA Moscow (@2.1) vs Espanyol (@3.7)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

CSKA Moscow will win

CSKA Moscow – Espanyol Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 12:55

However, that was quickly forgotten in their last clash, as they were thumped by Bulgarian opposition. The hosts are looking good for domestic success this season, with a two-point lead at the top in Russia. However, can they bounce back or was that defeat part of their wider struggles in Europe? Theres now a huge task on the hoss hands just to make it out of this group, while they certainly need a response.

Despite their bright domestic form, the Russian side had a horror start to their European campaign. Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moscow are aiming to get their Europa League campaign up and running. Which one of them will respond with a positive result here? CSKA are fresh from a hammering at the hand of Ludogorets, a result which put pressure on both of these sides.

Los Periquitos came from behind to share the spoils with Ferencvaros in Barcelona in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-0 loss to Real Valladolid in their last league match. CSKA are a real force to be reckoned with at home, therefore, we predict that they are going to beat Espanyol at VEB Arena.

However, they drew with Ferencvaros in their opening game, which has given them a boost going into this meeting with CSKA. While the visitors are heading here in the bottom three in La Liga, you wouldnt guess that by their away form so far. The visitors are in a very different position, having failed to win any of their last four games.

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They conceded two goals or more in their final four Europa League games last season, while we expect Espanyol to take advantage. The visitors have lost just one of their last 15 away trips in the Europa League. They come here with some strong results on the road behind them, while CSKA have won just once in their last five in this competition.

The visitors are in a very different position, having failed to win any of their last four games. While the visitors are heading here in the bottom three in La Liga, you wouldnt guess that by their away form so far. However, they drew with Ferencvaros in their opening game, which has given them a boost going into this meeting with CSKA.

This will be the first game between these two sets of teams. CSKA are heavily relying on standout striker Fedor Chalov who scored 3 times and assisted twice this season. My opinion is that we can expect a very tight game in this one. They have 25 points and are currently the League leaders in Russia. Both teams are looking to secure as good as possible results in this game hoping to achieve their season goals.

In fact, this is Espanyols first foray in Europe since they famously reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 2007 losing to fellow La Liga outfit in the final. CSKA have more recent European action on their list and have never lost on home soil to a Spanish team with two wins and three draws to their name. The pair have never met before in European competition.

A double chance backing the draw and away team often offers solid value in a game that is expected to be tight. Admittedly CSKA have never lost on home soil in the Europa League to Spanish opposition but could always be a first. The 5-1 loss to Ludogorets was perhaps a wake-up call to CSKA and Espanyol will believe they have what it takes to get the win despite being slight underdogs with online betting sites to nick the win. By covering off both the draw and away win you are still left with enough value should CSKA implode like they did in game week one.

CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol Odds

CSKA are a real force to be reckoned with at home, therefore, we predict that they are going to beat Espanyol at VEB Arena. Los Periquitos came from behind to share the spoils with Ferencvaros in Barcelona in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-0 loss to Real Valladolid in their last league match.

In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the teams home kit is blue and white. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga.