Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thursday’s football game at Arena CSKA pits together CSKA Moscow and Wolfsberger, the two teams who are eyeing a place in the Europa League last 16. The Armeitsy failed to beat ten-man Feyenoord in their last group game, but they still have chances of booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The likes of Dzagoev, Karpov, and Kuchaev have all been tested positive for coronavirus, while Nababkin and Fuchs are both sidelined with injury.
Wolfsberger, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Dinamo Zagreb. The Austrian outfit obviously suffered a dip in form as they failed to beat ten-man Ried in the national championship at the weekend, and seeing that CSKA are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Wolfsberger defender Dominik Baumgartner is likely to miss the game through injury.
Highlighted Player (Alan Dzagoev):
Alan Dzagoev is a Russian footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev began his youth career at Yunost Vladikavkaz and he played for Konoplyov football academy during his youth career as well. In 2006 Dzagoev started his senior career at Krylia Sovetov, with the attacking midfielder scoring six goals in 37 appearances for the club.
In 2008 Dzagoev moved to CSKA Moscow and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. In 2016 he won his third Russian Premier League title with CSKA and, speaking of his individual awards, Dzagoev was named Russian Premier League best young player in 2008. Dzagoev was born in Beslan (Soviet Union) on June 17, 1990 and he made his debut for the Russian national football team in October 2018 against Russia.
The CSKA midfielder scored his first international goal in October, 2010, in a 3-2 victory over Republic of Ireland in the EURO 2012 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Wolfsberger):
Welcoming their rivals at Lavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberger are an Austrian side that compete in the Bundesliga, the Austrian top flight. GAM FC footballers wear black and blue shirts and black shorts when playing on home soil, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Wolfsberger finished the 2018/2019 Austrian Bundesliga in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever. The Lavanttal-Arena outfit were placed in Group J, alongside Borussia M’gladbach, Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir.
GAM FC did well to win the Austrian First League in the 2011/2012 season, with the team finishing the process six points clear of second-placed Altach, but they have yet to win the Austrian Bundesliga trophy. It has to be noted that SV Ried and AT SV Wolfsberg are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.