CSKA vs Arsenal Soccer Prediction Today
On Monday, April 9, CSKA had another setback. At home in the Moscow classic against Dynamo, he was beaten 2-1. That virtually knocked him out of the biggest hopes of winning the Russian Championship title.
With 42 points (13 wins, five draws and six losses), CSKA are in third place. The gap to Lokomotiv Moscow, who beat Rostov 1-0 in the twenty-fifth round, rose to eight points. Spartak Moscow, deputy leader, has six more points.
Thus, the viable goal for CSKA in the remaining five matches seems to be the fight to retain third place, which would allow the team to play the qualifiers for the 2018/2019 European Champions League. It’s not an easy fight. With the same number of points, but through when the tiebreaker criteria are used, Krasnodar is in fifth place. With two points down, Zenit Petersburg is also in the fray.
As the chances of success in the Europa League are very small, coach Viktor Goncharenko may even leave Thursday’s match in the background by preserving his athletes for Sunday’s away match against UFA by the twenty-sixth round of the Russian Championship.That does not mean putting an entirely reserve team, since the CSKA cast is not one of the richest options. But the preservation of one or another player who are most threatened to suffer injury. Certain absences should be defenders Mario Fernandes (19 matches in the 2017/2018 Russian Championship, no goal) and Viktor Vasin (16 matches, two goals), which are handed over to the medical department in the process of injury recovery.
Arsenal had the opportunity to get on the pitch a day earlier than the rival in the round of the weekend. In London, he had a lot of difficulties, but he pushed his favor to Southampton, who are in the relegation zone of the English Premier League, winning by 3-2 the match for the thirty-third round.
It was the sixth win followed by the Gunners taking into account the clashes of the Premier League and the Europa League. In the local tournament, the team improved their situation in the fight to secure a place in the next edition of the Europa League. He rose to 54 points (16 wins, 6 draws and 10 losses).
Although he did not gain a place and remain in sixth place, he was down on Chelsea, fifth with 57 after the 1-1 draw with West Ham and retained the front five points against Burnley, seventh placed, who defeated Watford by 2 to 1 in the fight for a place in continental tournaments.
The great advantage obtained in the first game can also cause the coach Arséne Wenger to promote changes in the team giving chance to some reservations. But this will only be known shortly before departure.
Mohamed Elneny (11 matches, no goal) is expected to win the title. He was sent off in the game against Southampton and will have to meet automatic suspension in the game on Sunday, April 15, away from home, against Newcastle.
This possibility is even greater in the face of the bruises of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (ten games, no goal) and Heinrikh Mkhitaryan (seven games, one goal). They should not be released to act in Russia.
Guaranteed holder just the same goalkeeper Petr Cech (31 games in the Premier League). Although he was out of the top two, Colombian David Ospina (two games), who had been occupying the position, is injured and should not play.
Soccer Prediction of the Day CSKA vs Arsenal
Hard to imagine a busy game on Thursday. Faced with a virtually irreversible situation and worried about the Russian Championship, CSKA have no reason to take risks.
Prediction Today: A tie