Our football match prediction:
AEK Athens and CSKA Moscow face each other at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis in what is expected to be the most entertaining game of Tuesday’s program. AEK finished the 2016/2017 Greek Super League season in fourth place in the standings, but they impressed in the UEFA play-offs and, as a result, they booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers. The capital club face a difficult task in the two-legged tie against CSKA Moscow and their main goal is to keep a clean sheet in the first leg. The Armeitsy kicked off the new Russian Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Anzhi and they seem to be in a better form than AEK at the moment. CSKA are a very experienced side and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Tuesday’s football match against the Greek outfit. The two teams have never met before in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (Mario Fernandes):
Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes is a right-back by trade, but the 25-year-old South American can also play at centre-back. It is exactly his versatility that makes him a player of significant quality. 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. No stranger to controversy, Mario Fernandes hit headlines for all the wrong reasons on a couple of occasions during his career. Most recent one was a 2015 Champions League qualifiers when his screaming and faking an injury was called an important “theatre piece” by the Russian media. Temperamental right-back is nevertheless an important member of CSKA’s first-team whose areal ability adds an additional dimension to Army Men’s play.
Highlighted Team (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder. The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscom won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours. CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.