CSKA Moscow v Tottenham Hotspur tips: No win for Spurs in Russian capital
Spurs will be desperate for their first Champions League points on Tuesday. We're not too confident about their chances.
September 26th, 2016
Spurs are unbeaten in their domestic campaign with five wins to their name since the start of the season, however their European adventure hasn’t been so good with a 2-1 defeat to Monaco in their opening Champions League group match at Wembley Stadium. Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar put the French side ahead with Toby Alderweireld’s strike proving little more than a consolation for the Londoners.
“We need to learn and we need to improve,” Pochettino said following the disappointing defeat. “It’s a shame because [this] was a fantastic day to share with our fans, to give a victory and a good performance, so we feel disappointed because the result wasn’t how we expected. We need to play with more passion, more hunger, we cannot concede and we need to be more aggressive, it’s our responsibility to improve a lot.”
Tottenham will clearly be desperate to put this disappointment behind them as they prepare for their trip to the Russian capital on Tuesday evening, however star-player Harry Kane remains absent through injury and boss Mauricio Pochettino has stated that he expects his side to be more clinical following their narrow win over newly-promoted Middlesbrough in their last Premier League outing at the weekend.
“We fully deserved the result, the most important thing is the victory,” Pochettino said after the win. “The first half was great and we should have scored more than two. We need to learn to be more aggressive and clinical. But we fully deserved the result, the most important thing is the victory.”
The big question is, will they manage three points in this midweek Champions League clash in Russia? We’re not too optimistic to be honest and with just one Champions League away win in six attempts, we won’t be siding with Pochettino’s men on this occasion.
CSKA Moscow made a decent start to their European campaign by fighting their way back from behind to force a share of the spoils at Bayer Leverkusen and they remain undefeated in the Russian top-flight. They are solid on home turf and will prove a tough obstacle for Spurs to overcome on Tuesday evening with just a single defeat in their last seven Champions League home matches. Man City, Man United and Roma have all failed to win in the Russian capital and we feel that it will be a similar story for Spurs this week, Ladbrokes going a pretty backable 8/13 for CSKA/Draw on the double chance market.
While Pochettino may be looking for a more clinical approach by his side, Spurs have managed to score in all of their games this term and should manage to find the net against a CSKA outfit which have struggled to keep clean-sheets. Nevertheless the hosts have few problems up front and as such, we’ll be backing Over 2.5 goals on Tuesday evening.