CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, September 30, 2019 6:14 AM UTC

Monday, Sep. 30, 2019 6:14 AM UTC

The form book points to a home win...
<div><h2>CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-europa-league/cska-moscow-vs-rcd-espanyol-barcelona-3895264/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday, October 3, at VEB Arena</strong></a></p><p>Espanyol are languishing in the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at home to Valladolid on Sunday. Their form has been dreadful this season: they have lost four of their opening seven matches, and they have only managed four goals in that time. Their Europa League campaign began with a 1-1 draw against Hungarian side Ferencvaros, but Moscow is a really tough place to visit. CSKA Moscow have four wins and a draw at VEB Arena this season, and they are in excellent form. They are top of the Russian Premier League and playing with confidence right now. Yet they lost 5-0 away at Ludogorets in their first Europa League game, so they will be keen to banish that memory with victory here.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>The CSKA Moscow team is full of famous names. Igor Akinfeev has been a solid presence between the sticks for many years, while Icelandic striker Arnor Sigurdsson and Russia’s Fyodor Chalov are dangerous up front. Nikola Vlasic is growing in confidence in the midfield, while Mario Fernandes provides crucial experience in this exciting young team.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&amp;a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Espanyol somehow managed to finish seventh in La Liga last season, which saw them qualify for the Europa League. However, they sold their two best players in the summer and failed to replace them. Star striker Borja Iglesias went to Real Betis, while their best defender, Mario Hermoso, moved to Atletico Madrid. The results have been disastrous thus far. They cannot score goals and the defence is leaky. They are not yet among the favourites to be relegated, but the odds on that happening continue to dwindle. One interesting new signing was Matias Vargas, and he could cause CSKA a few problems, but Espanyol look low on confidence right now.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>CSKA Moscow’s 5-0 defeat to Ludogorets sets alarm bells ringing. But if you cast that result aside, they are having a fine season. They have won five in a row to sit top of the Russian Premier League, and VEB Arena is a fortress. They welcome a struggling Espanyol side, which is still yet to acclimatise to life without its best two players, and this really should be a home win.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfred">CSKA Moscow to win at 2.15 (23/20) with Betfred</a></strong></p></div>
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