CSKA vs Basel by Gustav
CSKA Moscow managed to take all three points last time out in Russian Premier League, as the side won on the road against Krasnodar thanks to only goal scored by Berezutski in 38th minute. However, it must be said that the visitors from Moscow were generally lucky during the game, with the home team creating more dangerous situations overall.
Not only that, they really took over the control in the second halftime and it only looked like it was a matter of time when the goal for Krasnodar comes. It was good way to break their mini run of two consecutive draws, as the team now stands at third position with four points less than leaders from Zenit and two less than second placed Lokomotiv Moscow. As for the Champions League, CSKA has a victory and a defeat so far and needs to get some points in this one in case they want to stay competitive for the second position.
Defender Vasili Berezutski (10/1) is injured with a calf problem, while offensive Alan Dzagoev (11/1) also remains out. Doubtful is forward Aleksandr Makarov (no performance in the new season anyway).
Basel, on the other side, comes from a very easy victory last weekend away to Lugano, as the side took a three pointer in a 4:0 victory on Saturday evening. They opened up the opponent just when it was needed, back in 19th minute via Petretta, adding the second one just before the halftime via Ajeti.
Victory was sealed in last twenty minutes of the match, with goals from Elyounousse in 74th and Itten in 86th minute. It was their fifth victory in Super League, as the side experiences a bit slower start in the league, being only at fourth position at the moment with five points less than leaders from Young Boys.
Guests should have no fresh injury worries for this one, with doubtful goalkeeper Germano Vallati with a shoulder injury, but anyway not being their first choice between the posts. Forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel (9/7) probably also won't play being injured.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of FC Basel 1893's last 6 games (UEFA Champions League).
CSKA is slight favorite in this one, but I'm not so sure about that since Basel really improved a lot in attack recently, especially in their previous Champions League game when they crushed Benfica. Coming here with a boosted morale, I see this match being generally more open than the odds suggest and surely with Basel having their own chance as well.