CSKA vs Leverkusen by Isaiah
After four rounds played, CSKA Moscow has only two points earned and are at fourth position, being in a must win situation here if the team wants to keep minimal chances of progressing to the knockout stage of Champions League. They are two points behind third placed Tottenham as well, so the team really needs points here badly as any other result would probably mean exiting early from Europe since they visit Tottenham in the last round.
CSKA was far away from the good form in previous weeks since the team had two draws and four defeats in all competitions (including a friendly game as well), but ended that ugly run with a narrow 1:0 victory on the road against Arsenal Tula last weekend. They deserved the victory this time and it looks like they improved over the international break, winning the game with the only goal being scored in 20th minute via Milanov. The teams is now at third position, having already nine points less than leaders from Spartak Moscow.
Home team should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Traore as striker, plus Ionov, Golovin and Tosic as offensive support to him. Midfielder Roman Eremenko is banned by UEFA after testing positive for cocaine. Injured is goalkeeper Ilya Pomazun (who didn't play so far anyway), while doubtful for the match remains Alan Dzagoev since he returned to the training, but the match might come too soon for him.
Leverkusen, on the other side, is currently at second position with six points earned, which is two less than first placed Monaco and two more than third placed Tottenham. Knowing that in the last round they will be playing at home against Monaco, the team simply needs to get something here and there's no doubt that they will be going for all three points if possible.
After three starting draws in Champions League, they improved the chances of qualifying further with a away victory to Tottenham and the team now needs to keep up with the momentum. As for Bundesliga, they suffered defeat previous weekend after two victories in a row, losing at home against biggest surprise of the league so far, RB Leipzig with 2:3 result. Overall, it was a very open game and the players of Leverkusen surely deserved something more this time, having the lead twice inside the first halftime and even missing a penalty to take the 3:1 lead, while last twenty five minutes cost them a lot, conceding two goals.
Germans should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Volland and Chicharito as forwards. Guests continue to miss offensive forward Karim Bellarabi (2/0) being injured, while forward Joel Pohjanpalo (4/4) and defender/midfielder Lars Bender (5/0).
Home team needs to get a victory here and should be playing at least a bit more open than usually. Leverkusen boosted their chances with a victory in previous round against Tottenham and need another positive result, knowing that they can't afford to defend here only. In my eyes, all the value is with over goals since I don't see either of the teams being specially defensive here.