The army men of Moscow now welcome Real Madrid to Arena Khimki on Tuesday night where they really need some kind of advantage from the first leg to stand any chance of reaching the quarter finals of this competition.
CSKA are available at 15/2 (bet365 free bets) to win this match against a Spanish side that are romping away with La Liga title at the moment and it will be interesting to see whether Leonid Slutsky’s team are a little rusty considering it is a winter break in the Russian league at the moment.
Real have got no such problems and they cruised through the Champions League group stage by winning all six matches, scoring 19 goals and conceding just 2 in the process. Their away form has been stunning all season and odds of 9/20 (Sportingbet bookmaker) about a victory for them in Russia will be popular.
Jose Mourinho’s team warmed up for this match with a 4-0 thrashing of Racing on Saturday and Cristiano Ronaldo was the first name on the scoresheet, with the Portuguese star an 11/4 chance (Ladbrokes £50 free bets) to score the first goal of this game.
However, we might expect the Madrid side to ensure they have a nice tight defence and sneak a goal or two on the counter-attack, with correct scorelines of 1-0 and 2-0 on offer at 13/2 with Coral.