CSKA Moscow are ahead of Manchester City in a surprising number of areas based on the Champions League so far this season.
City head into the game in Russia as favourites but CSKA have been more effective in terms of scoring attempts, won tackles and successful interceptions, which suggests they could be a more difficult opponent for City than many may expect.
However, two key areas where City are ahead in terms of the stats suggest that Manuel Pellegrini’s side should be capable of grinding out a victory with a professional performance.
City have conceded fewer goals while CSKA have leaked six goals in just two matches.
Considering the talent in the Manchester City attack, that should be evidence that if City are patient, they’ll get chances to score from open play and set pieces throughout the game.
Furthermore, City have also played a much higher number of accurate passes so far this season.
City are a side that like to dominate possession and CSKA could tire as the match goes on, with City constantly passing the ball, switching the play and giving the CSKA defence problems.
Conclusions: CSKA will most likely start the match in spirited fashion but if City can endure that, they should dominate the game as the match goes on.