Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow Wed 19:45
Despite the 1-1 draw in the fixture’s first leg, one would find it difficult to see past a Real Madrid victory when the Spaniards play hosts to CSKA Moscow as heavy odds on favourites with William Hill tonight.
The Russian outfit may have managed to hold Real at the Arena Khimki but will come up against a different test entirely when they make the long trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.
This will be Jose Mourinho’s 101st game in charge of Real Madrid after the Portuguese boss completed his century at the club over the weekend.
CSKA are no pushovers in their own regards but statistics speak for themselves and with 77 wins, 13 draws and ten losses in his career at the helm of Los Blancos, his record is impeccable.
The Madrid outfit are currently ten points clear at the summit of La Liga and even though the domestic competition will be one that draws a great deal of their attention, the Champions League will be a priority for Mourinho who has already won the tournament twice with two clubs.
Political speculation and the managerial situation with Real has become a topic of great discussion over recent months but Mourinho was quick to quash such rumours linking him with a summer move away saying that he is happy at Real.
CSKA Moscow are still very much in this competition however and if Leonid Slutsky’s side can manage to cage a rabid Real offence, they may just have a chance of coming out the overall victors.
Yes, Real may be a force going forward but the same isn’t to be said of their defence at home who have conceded an average of 1.15 goals per game this campaign, making them the seventh worst in the Spanish top flight.
This, coupled with CSKA attacking talents such as Keisuke Honda, Alan Dzagoev and Seydou Doumbia makes them a very big threat indeed.