Our match prediction:
Premier League outfit Tottenham have extended their last year’s form with a series of positive results this season, but their only defeat so far has come in the UEFA Champions League and Mauricio Pochettino will be highly motivated to make amends for the opening home loss to Monaco. It will be easier said than done however as the Spurs travel to Russia without three of their key men. Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane are all ruled out through their respective injuries. On the other side, CSKA Moscow have opened their European account with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen and Army Men are looking to make their presence further known with another strong performance against respectable opposition. Moscow giants will have to fight a somewhat weaker form as they are coming off from two disappointing Russian Cup and Russian Premier League results and UEFA Champions League midweek action comes as great chance to bounce back to winning ways. Hosts have the home advantage and we predict another blow for the English side.
Highligted 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 (Tottenham Hotspur):
Tottenham Hotspur are a professional football club based in North London. Spurs host their rivals at White Hart Lane and the capacity of the stadium is 36,284. Tottenham won the Premier League (First Division) trophy in 1950/1951 and 1960/1961 and despite producing terrific displays in the 2015/2016 campaign Mauro Pochettino’s team eventually finished the season in third place in the standings. Tottenham’s bitter rivals are Arsenal, but Chelsea and West Ham United are regarded as the team’s fierce opponents as well. Spurs have won eight FA Cup trophies, with the team also lifting the 1962/1963 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup title. Tottenham Hotspur hammered Atletico Madrid in the final of the competition back then (5-1). The likes of David Ginola, Sol Campbell, Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gary Lineker, Luka Modric, Robbie Keane and Gareth Bale are star players that used to play for the White Hart Lane outfit in the past. The colour of Tottenham Hotspur’s home kit is white.