CSKA Moscow v Manchester United Betting: Jose Mourinho to revert to defensive tactics

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Having proved a tough nut to crack at the VEB Arena, Al Hain-Cole expects Goncharenko's team to keep things tight against the Red Devils

CSKA Moscow and Manchester United will both be hoping to maintain their winning starts to this season's Champions League when they go head-to-head at the VEB Arena on Wednesday.

Having come from behind to secure a shock victory away to Benfica on Match Day One, the Armeitsy are available at 19/4 (5.75) with bet365 to pull off an even greater upset in this one.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho's men eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Basel in their opening encounter, and are clear 7/10 (1.70) favourites to make it six points from six in the Russian capital.

Aaron Samuel Olanare of CSKA Moscow

The sides shared a 1-1 draw when they last met on this ground back in 2015, and you can get odds of 14/5 (3.80) on them cancelling each other out once again here.

That stalemate in Moscow contributed to the Red Devils' elimination from the group stages on their previous appearance in this competition, when they managed only two wins and scored just seven goals in six matches.

However, while that result can in some ways be seen as typical of the less than prolific Louis van Gaal era, it must also be credited to the Russians' relatively strong defensive record on home turf.

CSKA Moscow Man United graphic

Bayern Munich and Inter are the only away sides to score more than twice against Viktor Goncharenko's team in their 30 Champions League matches, and CSKA conceded just three goals in their three home group games in last season's competition.

Indeed, even Sir Alex Ferguson's free-scoring side could only score once when they visited this stadium back in 2009 - a season when they averaged over two goals per game in Europe.

However, with only three goals to their name themselves in the last five home group games, the hosts are unlikely to prove much of a threat at the other end of the pitch either.

Having kept a clean sheet in six of their eight fixtures so far this season, odds of 3/4 (1.75) offer solid value on United ensuring the scoreline remains under 2.5 goals against CSKA on Wednesday.

Under 2.5 goals for a 2.5pt stake at 3/4 (1.75) with bet365

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