PSV Eindhoven vs CSKA Moscow by DoubleDown
In the Champions League, PSV has a 2-1-2 record with 6 goals allowed and 6 goals scored. While winning both their home games and outscoring their opponents 4 to 1, they've lost 2 and drew 1 on the road while scoring 2 and conceding 5.
PSV is one of the few teams that stays motivated under pressure. Unlike most teams, when they’re down a goal they play harder, if they miss on a good chance they push to get it back. Even if they’re short a man, you can count on them to stay motivated and perform. An invaluable quality to have while playing a decisive match like this because if they lose, they’re heading down to the Europa.
While in Eindhoven they beat Wolfsburg 2-0 and while in Wolfsburg they lost 2-0. They also beat Manchester U while playing @ home 2-1 and drew them 0-0 while in Manchester. As you can see they’re great hosts but not so great guests. Their Champions league performance so far reflects this.
Now with 7 points, just two behind 1st place Wolfsburg and one behind 2nd place Manchester U, a win here is a sure way to secure them a spot in the play-offs. The other way is if Manchester U lets in at least 2 goals more than PSV in round 6 and ties. I guess the only question is, do they want to take their chances in the Champions League or do they want to try for something more attainable?
The last time these teams met in round 2, PSV outplayed CSKA Moscow but ended up losing by a penalty. The referee awarded 2 penalties to Seydou Doumbia of CSKA Moscow in the later part of the first half. Doumbia scored one and missed one completely to end the first half with a 3-0 goal lead. PSV managed to come back with 2 goals, one in the 60th and the other in the 68th minute. While looking confident and on their way to securing a draw, during the 80th minute defender, Santiago Arias got sent off for running into another player while clearing the ball from in front of the goal from a free kick. To me what looked like an honest mistake, arguably cost PSV the game. I think the referee had some money on CSKA Moscow too… Even the commentators suggested that the referee was bias. Despite the red card PSV did not concede anymore goals but they ended up losing 3-2.
For 2 years now I’ve been putting my money on PSV and they've consistently paid out. Out of all my favourite HOME teams, PSV tops the list. Having only lost 4 times @ home in their last 2 seasons in all competitions and 1 of those losses coming from a friendly, you can see why I appreciate them. The dark side to this stat is that 2 of those losses were against Russian teams in the Europa last year. Since then I haven’t bet on them @ home in any competitions except the Eredivisie, until now. Their performance thus far in the Champions league has led me to believe that they have what it takes to pull off a win here. One must also keep in mind that this was over a year ago and they've improved tremendously on an international level since.
CSKA Moscow will be trying to win for the first time in 7 matches on Tuesday. Having scored just 2 goals since they’re last win in October, CSKA has to be frustrated.
With no chance of making it to the Champions League play-offs, CSKA Moscow will be playing for a spot in the Europa now. They have to win here by 3 goals in order to qualify as they have just 4 points while scoring 4 and allowing 7. Compared to PSV’s record of 7 points, 6 goals and 6 conceded. A win of such proportions here for CSKA would be close to a miracle. The last time they won by 3 points was in a friendly home match against Khimki in early J
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|PSV||Pinnacle||1.95||8||2-1 WON (+7.6 units)|
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