CSKA Moscow vs Tottenham Hotspur preview: Spurs must win game amid injury worries
Tottenham Hotspur chooses Wembley as their home ground on the occasion of their opening European night, and Wembley do witness record numbers, but Hotspur disappointed home fans suffering a 1-2 defeat against French side Monaco. But, good news came after that they maintained a three game unbeaten run in domestic leagues as they get passed Sunderland (1-0), and Middlesbrough (2-1) in Premier League, with a 5-0 win over Gillingham in EFL Cup third round. Now, it’s their second test playing in Europe, and this time, it’s going to be more difficult because they will be playing an away game with CSKA Moscow in Russian capital city.
Whereas Hotspur suffered a defeat on their opening night playing at home, CSKA has a better start playing a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen away from home, and we can guess how difficult it can be to defeat them at home. It’s Spurs must win game, if they want to move forward in Uefa Champions League next round for which they have qualified after a long time. Spurs amid injury worries, may not be in a comfortable position, but good sign for them South Korean striker Heung-min Son rise on the occasion. Son has four goals to his name with four appearances, with latest brace against Middlesbrough.
Both sides are unbeaten in their respective domestic league and currently sits at 2nd position.
Team News :
Harry Kane absence is a big blow for Tottenham, and Vincent Janssen’s form is also a worry. Good thing is Son is catching up at the right time, scoring four goals from four appearances. Moussa Sissoko has also suffered a concussion against Middlesbrough which also ruled him out, and Erik Lamela is likely to start on his place. Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele, and Danny Rose have already not made into the traveling squad. Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen are only options left in the midfield. It’s a substitution bench crisis for Tottenham’s coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Lacina Traore will lead the line for CSKA Moscow. The former Everton loanee has scored 2 goals in 7 appearances so far this season. Sergei Ignashevich is expected to line up next to Vasili Berezutski in central defence. Vasili’s brother, Aleksei, is set for a place on the bench. Red Army are unbeaten in the Russian league and have list of injury worries.
CSKA Moscow : Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Fernandes, Shchennikov, Dzagoev, Wernbloom, Golovin, Eremenko, Ionov, Traore
Tottenham Hotspur ; Lloris, Davies, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Wanyama, Alli, Son, Lamela, Eriksen, Janssen
Result Prediction : Tottenham 2-0
I trust Tottenham defensive unit and they are not going to concede any goals, and in the meantime Son form and Lamela presence can make the difference for Spurs, so it’s a Spurs victory.