CSKA Moscow (@2.1) vs Espanyol (@3.7)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

CSKA Moscow will win

CSKA Moscow – Espanyol Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 12:55

CSKA Moscow will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 5-1 loss to Ludogorets when they welcome Espanyol at VEB Arena on Thursday evening. CSKA Moscow have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League season as well and seeing that Espanyol failed to impress in their opener against Ferencvaros, we are tempted to put our money on the Russian outfit. The Armeitsy have been in a splendid form in the Russian Premier League of late and thanks to a 3-0 win at Ural they climbed to top position in the standings.

Mario Fernandes signed for CSKA Moscow in 2012 from Gremio and during his time in Russia he has already surpassed the 100-game mark for the Armeitsy who faced plenty of pressure to sell their prized asset in 2015 with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona all believed to be interested in a played dubbed the new Lucio. It is exactly his versatility that makes him a player of significant quality. Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes is a right-back by trade, but the 25-year-old South American can also play at centre-back.

2019-20 UEFA Europa League CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol Preview & Prediction

CSKA have never lost to a Spanish team in the competition but also shipped five in their opening group game whilst Espanyol were unspectacular in their draw with Ferencvaros. This may not turn out to be an all-time European classic, but it will be an intriguing tie that has much riding on it after less than satisfactory results for both in their opening group game clashes. Expect a nervy encounter as both feel the pressure and come away with a point apiece.

Espanyol are unbeaten in their last 22 games in all European competitions (W16 D6 L0) since they were eliminated in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup by Schalke in 2005-06. The visitors have claimed 100% of their league points on the road this season. They are unbeaten in three La Liga trips, while they head into this game aiming to stretch that and pile the pressure onto CSKA. After all, the away side have built up a fine record on the continent over the years.

On the other side, Espanyol lost their opener 2:0 in front of their home fans against Sevilla and after that, they have drawn 0:0 against Alaves. They will try to turn things around in this game. This is going to be a tough game for both CSKA and Espanyol early in the season. Neither of them will risk with an offensive football this time, so probably this will be a slow game with a small number of chances created, but with a possible, both teams scoring. I can expect under 2.5 goals in this one again, based on the start of the season.

CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol Head to head (h2h)

They conceded two goals or more in their final four Europa League games last season, while we expect Espanyol to take advantage. They come here with some strong results on the road behind them, while CSKA have won just once in their last five in this competition. The visitors have lost just one of their last 15 away trips in the Europa League.

The visitors have also tasted success just twice in their last ten games in all competitions and will be coming into the matchup this week on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat over Valladolid. Espanyol, on the other hand, have been struggling to pick up a win in the new season and managed not more than a draw in their respective group clash with Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros.

However, that was quickly forgotten in their last clash, as they were thumped by Bulgarian opposition. The hosts are looking good for domestic success this season, with a two-point lead at the top in Russia. However, can they bounce back or was that defeat part of their wider struggles in Europe? Theres now a huge task on the hoss hands just to make it out of this group, while they certainly need a response.

Recent Competition Form

They have only conceded 6 goals this season. They try to score as early as possible, so they can finish the game later easily. They do not have injuries or suspensions, up to this day. CSKA is in a good defending form at the moment. With 4 league wins in a row, they hope that they can continue with their form here.

The visitors have claimed 100% of their league points on the road this season. They are unbeaten in three La Liga trips, while they head into this game aiming to stretch that and pile the pressure onto CSKA. Espanyol are unbeaten in their last 22 games in all European competitions (W16 D6 L0) since they were eliminated in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup by Schalke in 2005-06. After all, the away side have built up a fine record on the continent over the years.

They need to score more and get things going. Can they make it? If they bring back that old form, it is possible. That is an accomplishment for them. Three points now would be big for them. They have no injuries and are ready for this game. As it was already said, Espanyol players were not playing football they wanted in the last pair of games against Sevilla and Alaves but have picked up against Eibar winning 2:1. Just before the match against Sevilla, they didnt lose in 16 consecutive matches from the last season, through the preseason this year.

Reason For CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol Betting Tips

This will be the first game between these two sets of teams. CSKA are heavily relying on standout striker Fedor Chalov who scored 3 times and assisted twice this season. My opinion is that we can expect a very tight game in this one. They have 25 points and are currently the League leaders in Russia. Both teams are looking to secure as good as possible results in this game hoping to achieve their season goals.