International - UEFA Champions League - Group E - 18th October 2016 @ 19:45
CSKA Moscow come into this game against Monaco in front of their home fans after losing to Tottenham 3 weeks ago in the Champions league by a narrow 1-0 scoreline. Prior to that they drew 2-2 with Bayer Leverkusen away from home. Victory is definitely needed in this game in this very tight group in order for them to even have a chance of retaining a spot in the Europa League in a keenly contested group. The big problem for CSKA has been their struggles even in the league this season, where they are sitting in 3rd with just 6 wins from 10 games, and only netting 11 goals during this time. The new rules in Russia of the number of foreign players have diminished their holding as they had to get rid of a few players with Lancina Traore and Ermenko leading their attacking line failing to create a major impact this season. CSKA on the other hand have bene leaking goals and have done so in 6 out of their last 7 games; which opposition Monaco will be looking into scoring.
Monaco on the other hand are in decent scoring form coming into this competition, sitting third in their domestic table, finding the back of the net in 14 out of 15 games played this season; netting a strong 33 goals in those 15 games. With their goal scoring ability spread all across the pitch through talents at their disposal including Bernard, Coutinho, Traore, Falcao, Fabinho they can score from anywhere. Defensively, away from home is where Monaco has proven to be shaky leaking goals in 7 out of 8 away games including losses 4-0 to Nice and 3-1 to Toulouse this past weekend. The tactics of manager Jardim has changed to more attacking focus as compared to defense in order for them to steal more points in victories, which sees them just 4 points behind leaders Nice. Monaco already have an advantage in this competition leading their group with 4 points out of 6; and will need at least a draw out of this to keep them in the hunt towards the top of the table.
This game looks to be a good one, with both teams looking to possibly find the back of the net, and I think both teams will likely score in this encounter.
17th October 2016 @ 17:29