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AEK Athens v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips: Uneventful first half expected in Athens
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AEK Athens v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips: Uneventful first half expected in Athens

This Champions League match is the first European fixture of the season for both AEK Athens and CSKA Moscow. Not only is this AEK’s first European match of this season, but it is also their first competitive outing this campaign. Although they have done very well in their pre-season matches, with no defeats in their five friendlies, there is nothing like competitive football and so it will be interesting to see how AEK adjust. The Yellow-Blacks actually finished fourth in the regular Greek Superleague season last term but then blitzed the Greek UEFA playoffs to finish top of the group…

CSKA Moscow v Lokomotiv Moscow Betting Tips: Army Men to come out on top in the Moscow derby
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CSKA Moscow v Lokomotiv Moscow Betting Tips: Army Men to come out on top in the Moscow derby

This match is the second Moscow derby of the week after Dynamo and Spartak played out a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. Hopefully, Friday night’s fixture between CSKA and Lokomotiv is just as entertaining. Although CSKA are one of the more likely candidates for the title this season, most people still consider them outsiders behind the likes of Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg. Despite this, they got off to a good start in the opening round of Russian Premier League fixtures with a 3-1 win away at Anzhi Makhachkala. Usually we associate the Army Men with being strong at the back…

Anzhi Makhachkala v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips: Army Men to come out on top in Dagestan
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Anzhi Makhachkala v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips: Army Men to come out on top in Dagestan

The Russian Premier League gets back underway on Saturday and the last kickoff of the day is arguably the most interesting as Anzhi Makhachkala host CSKA Moscow. Anzhi have undergone a revolution in the last few months. In the winter transfer window, they sold a large number of their squad in favour of more Dagestani players with this revolution continuing in this summer transfer window. At the time of writing, they have signed 17 new players so far. However, they also have a registration ban due to monies owed which means they have only registered 11 players so far –…

Tottenham Hotspur v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips
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Tottenham Hotspur v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips

Both of these sides have had disappointing Champions League campaigns and neither of them can now make the knockout stages. This match is a battle for that third spot and a Europa League place. After losing their unbeaten run in the Premier League against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago, Tottenham bounced back to claim a 5-0 win against relegation-threatened Swansea City. This result shows that their unbeaten start to the season was probably turning into a hindrance as Spurs simply looked to not lose rather than win. The shackles are now off and that was shown on Saturday. As…

CSKA Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips
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CSKA Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips

Group E is probably the most competitive group in the Champions League this season with just four points separating bottom and the second qualification spot. All of which makes this match very important. CSKA Moscow are the bottom side in the group and deservedly so after putting up another weak performance in European football. Just like last season, Leonid Slutsky’s side look completely off the pace at European level and seem to have no ambition in Champions League matches. Of course a lot of this is down to a lack of squad depth and in fact I would even argue…

Monaco v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips
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Monaco v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips

Group E is incredibly tight with just three points separating bottom from top. This of course means that each match is incredibly important for all teams, even when first place plays last place as we have in this fixture on Wednesday night. All four teams still have a chance of making it through to the knockout rounds. As well as topping Champions League Group E, Monaco are also doing well in Ligue 1 with Leonardo Jardim ‘s side second place in the league, six points behind surprise leaders Nice and ahead of oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference. Monaco are…

Lokomotiv Moscow v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips
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Lokomotiv Moscow v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips

Sunday’s first Russian Premier League campaign sees a Moscow derby as title-challengers CSKA take on under-performing Lokomotiv. Home side Lokomotiv are undoubtedly the most disappointing team in the Russian top flight this season as they sit 13th and inside the relegation playoff places. Things were seemingly rosy during the summer for Lokomotiv as the lambasted club President Olga Smorodskaya finally left the club and the new board employed Railroaders legend Yuri Semin as manager to try and bring back the glory years that he led them to in his first spell with them. Despite this optimism at boardroom level, there…

CSKA Moscow v AS Monaco Betting Tips
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CSKA Moscow v AS Monaco Betting Tips

Much like the match between Leverkusen and Tottenham, this fixture between CSKA Moscow and Monaco could play a big part in how this group shapes up come December. The hosts, with just a single point to their name after two matches, know that they need to win soon in order to avoid getting cut adrift at the bottom of the group, while the visitors, who sit top on four points, will be looking for three points in order to lay down a marker and keep themselves in pole position. From a betting point of view, given what we’ve seen from…

CSKA Moscow v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips
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CSKA Moscow v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips

These two sides sit second in their respective leagues and, whilst CSKA Moscow are the favourites for the Russian Premier League title, Tottenham Hotspur are considered title outsiders in England. Like Spurs, CSKA are playing in a new stadium for the Champions League this season. Built for the 2018 World Cup, CSKA Arena is the Army Men’s new 30,00 capacity arena, however, attendances at CSKA’s new home have been disappointing. Whilst the debut match against Terek Grozny drew at crowd of over 25,000, the following match against Krasnodar – no doubt a more attractive prospect – saw the arena under…

CSKA Moscow v Krasnodar Betting Tips
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CSKA Moscow v Krasnodar Betting Tips

Two sides who are expected to at least make the European spots go head-to-head this Saturday. CSKA will always be towards the top of the league due to their financial muscle but Krasnodar are attempting to upset that trend by putting up a fight of their own. However, a decline in their recent form has meant that a potential title challenge is probably no longer on the cards. Despite having an atrocious forward line (CSKA have only scored 9 goals in the league this season) Leonid Slutsky’s men are fairing pretty well and currently sit in second place. It really…

Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips
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Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips

Group E is one of the most competitive groups in the Champions League this season with each team likely to think they have a good chance of winning it. With this in mind these first matches are incredibly important. Leverkusen have had a mixed start to the season with one victory and one defeat which leaves them 7th overall. Whilst they have virtually no chance of winning the Bundesliga this season, they should be able to put together a good run in Europe and will be happy with this group draw. In Javier Hernandez they have a nippy little striker…

Zenit St. Petersburg v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip
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Zenit St. Petersburg v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip

This is the main match in Russian football and has therefore been cheesily named as ‘El Classikov’. Whoever came up with that name needs to have a serious look at themselves. Anyway, Russian derby matches are always a feisty affair and, with these two likely to be scrapping it out for the title at the end of the season, this is a huge game for both sides. Mircea Lucescu’s Zenit side made an absolutely monumental comeback against Rostov in the previous round of fixtures. They were 2-0 down at half time but won the game 3-2, a superb second half…

Ural Yekaterinburg v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip
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Ural Yekaterinburg v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip

Whilst both of these sides have the exact same amount of points so far this season (4) and are only separated in the table by goal difference, you would say that Ural have made a good start whilst CSKA have made a bad start. Ural used an interesting tactical plan by deploying wing-backs against Ufa in their first game. This tactic paid dividends as they ran out 2-0 winners against their former manager, Victor Goncharenko. Although it was an impressive victory for Vadim Skripchenko’s side, people were sceptical as it was only against Ufa – a team tipped to be…

FC Orenburg v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip
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FC Orenburg v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip

This match was originally meant to be played in Orenburg but then had to be moved to CSKA’s stadium after Orenburg’s stadium was not deemed fit for purpose. However, in a chaotic event that only seems to be happen in Russian football, the fixture has now been moved back to its original home after there was a delay in the building of CSKA’s new stadium. Orenburg’s ground is just about ready and probably not up to scratch but needs must… This is Orenburg’s first match at home (finally) after last week’s fixture against Rostov was moved away, leading to a…

Anzhi Makhachkala v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip
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Anzhi Makhachkala v CSKA Moscow Betting Tip

These teams experienced similarly tense seasons during the 2015/16 campaign. Anzhi managed to hang on to their place in the Russian Premier League by beating FNL side Volgar Astrakhan in the relegation/promotion playoff whilst CSKA Moscow secured the Premier League crown on the final day of the season by beating Rubin Kazan after a close title run-in with surprise package FC Rostov. Like so many Russian clubs, Anzhi have been plagued by problems off the field for a good while now and the days of signing the likes of Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto’o are long gone. However, perhaps a…

Rubin Kazan v CSKA Moscow. Thomas Giles’ prediction
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Rubin Kazan v CSKA Moscow. Thomas Giles’ prediction

CSKA go into this away match at former champions Rubin Kazan knowing all they have to do to clinch the title is win. Leonid Slutsky has done a magnificent job in juggling the management roles of both CSKA and the Russian national team. The last time the Moscow side played in the Kazan arena they lost the Russian Cup final to Zenit however this task is far less daunting for them. Rubin are sitting in midtable after a poor season by their standards and have tailed off dramatically towards the end of the campaign as they knew they were destined…

CSKA Moscow – Krasnodar – Thomas Giles prediction
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CSKA Moscow – Krasnodar – Thomas Giles prediction

CSKA will clinch the title if they beat Krasnodar on Monday and it would be great for them to do it in front of a home crowd. However, Krasnodar themselves have a Champions League place to fight for so the Army Men should not expect an easy contest. Leonid Slutsky’s CSKA have won their last four games and you would back them to record a fifth successive victory, especially as they know the title will be theirs if they do so. However, Krasnodar are not on a bad run themselves and their star striker Fyodor Smolov, who CSKA and Russia…

CSKA Moscow – FC Krasnodar. Dmitry Khlestkin’s prediction
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CSKA Moscow – FC Krasnodar. Dmitry Khlestkin’s prediction

Krasnodar have played some very good football recently. The team got 19 out of possible 21 points from the last seven league games, scoring 22 goals in the process. This is particularly impressive when we consider that the Russian League is a low-scoring one. However, they recently lost 3-1 at the hands of CSKA in the Russian Cup semi-final. And they are facing the same opponent again. CSKA are fighting for the league title and can’t afford to lose points, so there’s sitting back would make little sense from their point of view. On the other hand the Krasnodar attacking…

Ufa – CSKA Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Ufa – CSKA Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

CSKA, of course, are the favourites for this match, there is no doubt about that. But it is clear that the visitors are now nervous, the management breaks down on referees, so does the head coach and players. They are well aware they cannot lose points at this stage. Their opponent is not the strongest, but this is an away match on an artificial surface. Ufa are facing relegation and need points, as well. I expect CSKA to win, but don’t expect very high quality. The most important thing at this stage of the season is the result. CSKA must win so…

Ufa – CSKA Moscow – Thomas Giles prediciton
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Ufa – CSKA Moscow – Thomas Giles prediciton

This is a match between two sides with totally different aims this season. The home side Ufa are trying to avoid slipping down towards the relegation side whilst CSKA Moscow are looking to clinch their sixth Russian Premier League title. Ufa were looking as though they would be sitting in midtable mediocrity come the end of the season but a recent poor run has seen them slide down the table, and the team from Bashkortostan are in serious danger of going into the dreaded relegation play-offs. CSKA know that they realistically need to win their remaining three games in order…

CSKA Moscow – Zenit. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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CSKA Moscow – Zenit. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Both teams know each other inside out and it’s hard to pick a winner here. Zenit haven’t lost to CSKA in the Russian league in recent times. Although the last two cup games between each other ended in a win for the Army club: 2:0 and 3:0. On those occasions though i think it is fair to say that Zenit were not properly prepared and their focus this time around should be much improved. Both teams are still fighting to win the league, although they will certainly want to do all that they can to add this trophy as well.…

CSKA Moscow – Dinamo Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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CSKA Moscow – Dinamo Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

If we remember the first match between these two this season, It ended in favour of CSKA –  2:0. And it was, to put it mildly, not a very good game. CSKA won, but their football lacked any real quality. Today, perhaps, even with low-quality football, CSKA have to win the game and take all three points. We remember that before the last match CSKA hadn’t won against Dinamo for ages. Dinamo coach Andrei Kobelev said on club TV that the team will play for the result. And this means they won’t play an open game against CSKA. This gives…

The Bookmaker Ratings vs WhoScored Predictions Battle: Round 9
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The Bookmaker Ratings vs WhoScored Predictions Battle: Round 9

Artur’s tip (in full here): CSKA Moscow – Dinamo Moscow Dinamo have won only once since November and have now lost three in a row, conceding 9 goals. They’ve got all sorts of problems on the pitch and it’s hard to see how they can progress with one of the owners not willing to sack the head coach Andrei Kobelev. As for CSKA, they should have won against Lokomotiv last week, but a total lack of luck and really poor (or you might say biased) refereeing resulted in just a draw. The fans of both teams might be friendly to each other,…

6/1 Double on Russian Super Sunday. Artur Petrosyan’s prediction
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6/1 Double on Russian Super Sunday. Artur Petrosyan’s prediction

It’s a Super Sunday coming up in the Russian Premier League, where two big games can dramatically influence the outcome of the title race. In one of the country’s oldest derbies title favourites CSKA host Dinamo, and surprise package of the season FC Rostov welcome Zenit St.Petersburg to Olimp-2. CSKA Moscow – Dinamo Moscow Dinamo are the only Russian club to never be relegated. They took part in the inaugural Soviet championship in 1936, won it and have taken part in every one of the USSR and then Russian top division seasons ever since. Now, 80 years on, they could…

CSKA Moscow – FC Krasnodar. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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CSKA Moscow – FC Krasnodar. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Anything and everything can happen in this game. More often than not FC Krasnodar score a lot and, having won three games in a row, seem to be in good form at present. But, today, I expect something different to happen at Khimki Stadium. On April 16, 2014 FC Krasnodar came away with a 1:0 victory against the Army club in the semi-final of the Russian Cup. I can’t predict the result, because both teams could easily pull out a victory or we could just as likely see a draw here. I can see a scoreline of 2:0 or 1:2, so…

4/1 Russian Premier League double. Artur Petrosyan’s prediction
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4/1 Russian Premier League double. Artur Petrosyan’s prediction

Lokomotiv – CSKA Not a single shot on goal – that’s what Lokomotiv showed at Krylya Sovetov on Monday. Losing Oumar Niasse and not bringing in any decent replacement keeps influencing the Railway men’s performance nearly every week. And, if it so happens that their best player of the season Aleksandr Samedov is not at his best, they’re simply becoming a painful side to watch. Having said this, they’re still a really organized side who’re not too easy to break down. I do think CSKA will have good chances to do that though. The Leonid Slutskiy’s side returned to winning…

Lokomotiv Moscow – CSKA Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Lokomotiv Moscow – CSKA Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

The previous game between these two teams ended with a 1:1 draw, both goals were scored in the 1st half from the penalty spot. And there really were no significant moments in the 2nd half at all. The upcoming game is essential to CSKA Moscow because they need to stretch their lead at the tops of the league. So if the Army club win, they’ll be seven points above Lokomotiv, leaving the Railway club with pretty much zero title chances. If Loko’s were to win this game the gap between the two decreases to one point. With this in mind, a…

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