Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moscow: Visiting defence won't be bullied

Several members of the CSKA Moscow rearguard are in their 30s, but they remain highly effective
Several members of the CSKA Moscow rearguard are in their 30s, but they remain highly effective
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Though Bayer Leverkusen are justifiably favourites, CSKA Moscow's backline should prove difficult to beat...

"CSKA Moscow have engaged in seven matches in 2016/17 and there were just nine strikes in total in that assortment."

Back under 2.5 goals @ 2.0421/20

Bayer Leverkusen 1.695/7 v CSKA Moscow 5.95/1; The Draw 4.1
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CSKA Moscow have claimed some notable away Champions League scalps this decade, defeating Sevilla in 2010, Inter in 2011 and Manchester City in 2014, but you will notice that one of Europe's four elite divisions is missing from their list of conquests.

Indeed, Opta note that the Russian title holders possess a record of played five, lost five on their trips to Germany to face the Bundesliga's finest in the competition.

That plays into Bayer Leverkusen's accomplished record as hosts in Europe's premier club tournament, with Monaco their sole conquerors in nine BayArena contests over the past two seasons and six of those games ending in home victories, the most notable against Atletico Madrid.

They beat CSKA's compatriots Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica and Lazio too, holding Barcelona, so appear worthy of their 1.695/7 favourites status.


Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 goals is considered the more likely outcome at 1.9420/21 owing to Leverkusen's goal-drenched output in last term's group stage, yet this writer trusts CSKA Moscow to bring them down to unders-ville at more enticing odds of 2.0421/20.

The Russian capital club have engaged in seven matches in 2016/17 and there were just nine strikes in total in that assortment, with five delivering one or less and CSKA being breached only once in the latest six.


Recommended Bet:

Back under 2.5 goals @ 2.0421/20


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