Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Roma will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League knockout stages when they host CSKA Moscow at their Stadio Olimpico. The Romans outclassed Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in their last group games and it is no surprise they are regarded as favourites to win Tuesday’s football match. The Giallorossi are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Edin Dzeko has been scoring goals for fun of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. CSKA, on the other hand, proved their worth in a historic 1-0 win over Real Madrid, but beating Roma at Stadio Olimpico is easier said than done. In their last meeting in the “Eternal City” Roma outclassed CSKA Moscow 5-1, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Alessandro Florenzi):
Alessandro Florenzi is probably the most impressive product of AS Roma youth academy since Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, and the full-back has already developed into an important player for both club and country.
Capable of operating as both right-back and right winger, the talented footballer is probably best remembered from scoring a marvellous goal from half-way line in the Champions League clash against Barcelona, but there is much more to him than an occasional wonder strike. While he usually played as a winger during his early career, Florenzi switched to attacking full-back at both Roma and Italy national team, and that proved a very good move for his career.
While helping the Gialorossi return to old glory days, the right-back left his mark on international stage as well, especially impressing since Antonio Conte took over the reigns in the national team. Despite the fact that he has yet to realise his full potential, Florenzi already boasts an impressive top flight experience and he is predicted a bright future in the game.
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 Moscow 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.