Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Monaco have yet to suffer a loss in Group E. Les Rouges et Blancs kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane and they head into Wednesday’s football match following back-to-back draws with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow. Monaco aim to retain top position in Group E and they are likely to go for a win in the clash against CSKA. The Russians have been struggling to find their best form of late and they suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Lokomotiv and Spartak Moscow in previous two league fixtures. The Armeitsy are eyeing their first win in the Champions League group stages, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Monaco’s party at Stade Louis II. The Ligue 1 team outclassed Montpellier (6-2) in their last home fixtures in the national championship and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s game.
Highlighted Player (Nabil Dirar):
Moroccan footballer Nabil Dirar is a left winger for AS Monaco. The 30-year-old Casablanca-born winger arrived at Monaco in 2012 from Belgian side Club Brugge, where he spent four seasons. A mainstay with the Belgian side, Dirar increasingly stood out by his on and off pitch behavior as the Morocco international was known to get in frequent altercations with opposing players, but his own teammates which had often resulted in Dirar being sent to train and play for the reserves.
His €7.5 million sale to AS Monaco was the highest transfer fee ever received by Club Brugge. Nabil Dirar made a good use of the change of scenery by going on to become one of AS Monaco’s key performers. The 30-year-old winger racked up impressive nine Ligue 1 assists in 2015-16 season, prompting increased interest from European clubs.
Serie A giants Lazio were reported to be interested in the Monaco player, who will have an important role to play during his club’s Champions League participation.
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.