Match date: 13 Feb 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: Crvena zvezda 0 AH
| Match result:
0-0 - Draw
Crvena zvezda are strongest Serbian team at this moment and for them this was really great season, they reached second stage of Europa league and today are welcoming Russian CSKA Moscow in first leg of 1/16 finals. In Serbian league second half of the season hasn't started yet but good thing for home side is that the same is in Russia, this is very important game for both teams and hosts must go for a victory at all costs since in Moscow can be only much harder.
Crvena zvezda prepared for this game, they had some changes in their squad but in Europa league they showed some great performances, despite they had lack of accuracy and scored only three goals in six games they were defeated only once in group stage by Arsenal with narrow result, anyway here are coming after friendly duel with one of the strongest Russian teams Zenit, they were good in that match but in the end suffered narrow defeat.
In domestic league Crvena zvezda are at top of the table but at this moment Europa league is only important thing for them, they are highly motivated for this match and after almost two months are playing first official game, here will have strong support of their fans, this team isn't without chances but to achieve positive outcome must play really great football.
Forward Richmond Boakye (14/5) is having problems with slight injury but he should be ready for this duel.
CSKA failed to win the title in Russian Premier league in last campaign but after ending at second position they reached Champions league group stage through qualifications, they had strong group there with Manchester United Benfica and Basel and ended at third spot, now in front of them are decent opponents and it won't be easy to take advantage on this trip and wait for rematch without pressure.
CSKA are at 5th position at the table in Russia and they seems to be out of title race, 10 points are behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow and this team must show some significant improving to climb up, they had problems to find consistency in their game, during winter break they played six friendly matches and celebrated only two times, however they haven't met with some strong team during that period.
Visitors weren't so great in offense, their defense is working just fine and it won't be impossible to save their own net here, they for sure won't underestimate team which seems very confident, this will be a difficult match for Russian side and at this moment i doubt that they will achieve victory.
Guests are coming here without injured defenders Georgy Shchennikov (14/2), Aleksei Berezutski (12/1) and forward Timur Zhamaletdinov (11/1).
Crvena zvezda reached knockout stage and that is great success for them, now are facing with team which plays in Europe in almost every season and are experienced team, now in front of their crowd they will have a chance to celebrate but it will be difficult to outplay Russian team despite guests weren't impressive in recent games, still Crvena zvezda seems to be closer to a victory at this moment.