Bet Manchester City Over CSKA Moscow for Champions League Picks

Steven Suarez

Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:49 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 2:49 PM UTC

Both teams are in good form, but it's hard not to like Sergio Aguero and the Citizens to take care of business despite being away from home. Are we backing Man City with our soccer picks?

Odds Overview
They may not be in the comfortable confines of the Etihad, but it doesn't matter to oddsmakers. They're clearly in Manchester City's corner for Tuesday's match, as the visitors are listed in the -175 to -200 range on the soccer odds to get all three points.

That leaves a good price on the table for curious CSKA Moscow backers. The Russian outfit is quoted at +500 to grab a surprise win at home, with a draw also considered a longshot to come through (+300 to +325).


CSKA Moscow
Europe hasn't been kind to CSKA Moscow so far, but they've been dominating in the league recently. 

Let's start in the Champions League, where the Russian side is in a very tough Group E alongside Manchester City, AS Roma and Bayern Munich. Needless to say, Moscow has struggled, having failed to get a point (and notching only one goal) in their first two matches.

The Horses, however, have taken out their frustrations in the league. They stomped Kuban Krasnodar 6-0 in their latest fixture this past weekend, and they can currently be found in second place in the standings. Only Zenit St. Petersburg is ahead of them in the Russian Premier League at this time.

The goals are coming from everywhere too. Four different players have scored at least four league goals, with Seydou Doumbia leading the way with six. Bibras Natcho, Ahmed Musa and Roman Eremenko have also found the back of the net multiple times, so we do know that Moscow has attacking options to count on.

But, will the defense hold up? We all know what the Citizens bring to the table on a match-by-match basis, so the Horses are going to have to be as disciplined and tough as ever to hold down City's potent attacking line.


Manchester City
The Citizens have gone unbeaten over their last six matches across all competitions. As such, they've put themselves in a fantastic position in the Premier League. Only Chelsea is ahead, though the Blues have managed to build up a five-point lead in the early stages of the season.

Despite the undefeated streak, Man City has gotten off to a rough start in Group E. They've picked up one loss and one draw in their first two matches, and as a result they're in third place behind Bayern and Roma. There's a hill to climb for the Citizens, that much is clear.

That being said, City will come in full steam ahead after crushing Tottenham 4-1 in the league over the weekend. The man of the match was obvious, as Sergio Aguero scored all four goals in the convincing victory.

As long as the Argentinean striker is healthy and in this kind of form, the Citizens are going to be tough to handle. They've got a seemingly perfect balance of experience, youth, talent and drive to get good results every time they hit the pitch.

We don't expect that to change on Tuesday.


Champions League Pick
You can dominate in your league all you want, but the Champions League is really find out where you stand.

For CSKA Moscow, it's been a hard lesson to learn. The Horses have been the minnows in their "Group of Death", and it's going to take something of a miracle for them to find their way out and reach the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Man City has just been stupid good lately. Aguero is firing on all cylinders, and he's just one of many. The Citizens have everything going for them right now and we don't expect them to falter in spite of having to play in a tough atmosphere. They also know how important getting points is at this juncture in the campaign after a less-than-stellar start in the group.

Take Aguero and company to win as one of your soccer picks.

Champions League Pick: CSKA Moscow 1 Manchester City 3

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