Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow Champions League Betting Odds and Preview – 14.03.12

Real Madrid form over Russians points to success

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow Champions League betting goes off on a degree of parity in Spain on Wednesday night. After Cristiano Ronaldo had fired Madrid ahead in Russia, a late equalizer from Pontus Wernbloom gave CSKA Moscow a lifeline. That was a bit of a surprise result, as Real Madrid were the only side in the last sixteen to have come through the group stage with six wins from six. So they had their winning streak snapped and they will just be a little cautious of CSKA’s record in Spain. Still, the way Jose Mourinho’s men are dominating the Spanish league at the moment, and with them one of the outright favourites to take the champions league, they will be expected to see off the Russian. Nine times before Real Madrid have hosted Russian opponents on home solid, and just one of those matches have ended in defeat, and of the remaining eight games, Real Madrid have won seven. The record of Real Madrid just makes some amazing reading. They scored 21 goals and conceded just 2 in the group stage and they have only ever lost one tie in Europe after earning a first leg away draw. After earning 1-1 away first leg draws specifically, Real Madrid have progressed on all nine occasions which that has happened. So that is how powerful Real Madrid are at home. Again it was Cristiano Ronaldo who came to the rescue of Madrid with a brace, as they edged a 3-2 away win over Betis Sevilla on the weekend in La Liga. Madrid are averaging over four goals per game at home in La Liga this season, and while things are relatively even, but of course Real Madrid have the away goal at kick off, full time is likely to be a totally different story.

Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow Betting Odds
Real Madrid to win: 1/7 at Boylesports
Draw: 17/2 at Bet Victor
CSKA Moscow to win: 22/1 at Bet365

CSKA Moscow have done alright in Spain before, and it was at this stage last season where they knocked out Sevilla. There was also a famous 3-2 win over Barcelona at the Nou Camp back in the 1993/94 Champions League, as the Russian beat the then European Champions. Against Spanish opposition, their drawn match against Real Madrid in the first leg, has seen CSKA Moscow go six games without defeat now. So that is not a bad record to take into consideration if you are thinking of an upset. CSKA followed Inter Milan through from Group B of this year’s group stage, drawing two of their three matches away from home, and beating Inter Milan at the San Siro. Home advantage in Russia, with the severe cold can make a huge difference, but having to face Real Madrid on the Spaniards own terms is a totally different prospect. Only on two occasions have CSK Moscow won the first leg of a UEFA tie at home and have managed to progresses to the next stage. So a tough night ahead for CSKA on Wednesday in Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow betting. The Russians have given up the away goal, not that that is likely to count for anything, so while a 1-1 draw may have been a proud result for them, there is a tough night ahead.

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