Champions League Picks: Man U. With Home Advantage vs. CSKA Moscow

Steven Suarez

Monday, November 2, 2015 10:24 PM GMT

The Red Devils are the big name here and are favored on the soccer odds board, but they haven't been in the best form lately. Will they turn it around at Old Trafford versus CSKA Moscow?

Odds Overview
A Red Devils win is available at anywhere from -175 up to -200 on the soccer odds board. Maybe if Manchester United were in better form, we'd see a higher number, but alas, that's not the case, as the Red Devils have not been at their best in recent weeks. You can find CSKA Moscow at anywhere from +525 to +500 to win outright, with a draw at approximately +325.

 

Manchester United
You'd have to go back to the middle of October to find the last time the Red Devils ended up winning a match outright. Since an excellent 3-0 triumph over Everton, Man United has failed to win in any of their last four matches across all competitions. 

The Red Devils are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table, while they're tied for second place (with four points) through three matches in Group B of the UCL group stages. Long story short, they really need a positive result this week.

 

CSKA Moscow
The Horses have stormed to the top of the Russian Premier League and are showing no signs of letting up. They're already nine points clear of second place in the table.

Even on points with United in Group B, and knowing they can hang with the Red Devils after a recent draw, we should see this team playing with a good bit of confidence on Tuesday.

 

Champions League Pick
When these two outfits met not too long ago, the honors ended up being even at 1-1. What will we see in the match in Manchester?

Although the Red Devils are not playing at their highest level, they've still been looking strong defensively, having not allowed a goal in regulation time in three straight matches across all competitions. A good defensive foundation will be necessary against an in-form CSKA Moscow form, and then it's hard to discount the pure quality that United posseses further up the pitch. Toss in the advantage of being at home and the sheer importance of this match, for our soccer pick we're going to put our faith in Louis Van Gaal's group at the reasonable odds.

UCL Free Pick: Manchester United 2 CSKA Moscow 1 -- take the Red Devils ML at -175 at Bovada

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