CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid Champions League preview and tips

21:00 Tue 02 Oct
Football
Europe
Champions League
Tip: Real win to nil
Units: 1/5
Odds: +150

Mariano is not a household name in Europe although it might not be long before we see the Spaniard ranked as one of the best players in the world, with the forward having enjoyed a highly successful loan spell at Lyon last season.

Indeed, the 25-year-old scored a sum total of twenty goals in Ligue 1 last term and has now been given the opportunity by Julen Lopetegui to shine for Los Merengues, with Mariano coming off the bench to score against Roma in Real’s first Champions League game.

It was a comfortable win for the champions of Europe who go once more into the breach without Cristiano Ronaldo, although it’s still clear that the Spanish side are a tour de force who are capable of going far in the competition.

Gareth Bale will be glad to have seen the back of CR7 considering he’s been playing second fiddle to the Portuguese for far too long, with the remainder of the side having a familiar look about it.

CSKA host this match and the Russian side recovered from going 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Viktoria Plzen, although they were facing modest opposition who have been out of the Champions League for around five years.

Real will sense the opportunity to get through to the last sixteen in a fairly swift fashion and the strength in depth that the team have is staggering, with Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos waiting for their chance to shine.

Defensively, Real are looking solid and Sergio Ramos is partnered by Raphael Varane to make a fearsome central partnership, while Nacho Fernandez acts as excellent back-up and this is the competition where Keylor Navas is going to get his kicks this term.

BETTING TIP
Real Madrid win to nil @ 2.50 with bet365

Team News

CSKA Moscow: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Real Madrid: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
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    Kirill Nababkin
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    Nikita Chernov
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    Rodrigo Becão
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    Mário Figueira Fernandes
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    Jaka Bijol
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    Ilzat Akhmetov
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    Ivan Oblyakov
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    Alan Dzagoev
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    Nikola Vlasic
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    Fedor Chalov
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    Keylor Navas
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    Daniel Carvajal
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    Raphael Varane
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    Nacho Fernandez
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    Sergio Reguilón
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    Toni Kroos
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    Casemiro
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    Daniel Ceballos
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    Lucas Vázquez
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    Karim Benzema
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    Marco Asensio