Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over AEK in Athens CSKA Moscow moved one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League play-offs. The Armeitsy proved their worth in the first leg, but coach Viktor Goncharenko must warn his men against complacency as AEK should not be written off just yet. The Russian side are likely to take Wednesday’s football match very seriously and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. CSKA suffered a 3-1 loss to Lokomotiv Moscow in their first home game of the new Russian Premier League campaign and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the heartbreaking loss. AEK have nothing to lose in the return leg and seeing that the Greeks are likely to go all guns blazing at Viktor Goncharenko’s troops, there is every chance the hosts will have a number of opportunities to score on the break.
Highlighted Player (Roman Eremenko):
Roman Eremenko is an experienced midfielder who adds valuable quality to CSKA Moscow’s play with his passing skills, great vision and knack for goal. The 29-year-old Russian-born Finland international has so far played for the likes of Udinese, Siena, Rubin Kazan, but he is best remembered for his spell at Ukraine giants Dynamo Kyiv where he became captain helping the club win Ukrainian Premier League in 2009, and played in the Champions and Europa Leagues. He moved to CSKA Moscov in 2014 and has so far made over 50 Russian Premier League appearances during two seasons for the Army Men. His impact with the Russian giants was immediate with Eremenko picking up several monthly awards for the Best Player in the league, while he was named the Russian Football Premier League MVP of the 2014-15 season.
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.