Match Preview: CSKA Moscow – Espanyol Predictions and Betting Tips, Europa League

Tips & Predictions For Today, October 3, 2019.

League: Europa League – Group Stage – Round 2
Match: 17:55 CSKA Moscow – Espanyol
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odd: 1.33
Bookmaker: 1xbet
Match Result: Pending

Match Preview

CSKA Moscow will look to get their first UEFA Europa League (UEL) victory in the group stage after losing 5-1 away to Ludogorets in their first game, a match they led at half-time. They’ve responded well by winning their next three in all competitions and scoring exactly three each time.
Further encouragement for CSKA comes in the form of their home record. They’re unbeaten at Arena CSKA in their last nine league fixtures (W7, D2) and often start fast considering they were ahead at half-time in six of those.
Espanyol have had a disappointing start to their La Liga campaign (W1, D2, L4) but they at least have a point on the board in the UEL following a home draw with Ferencvaros (1-1). Another plus for Espanyol is that they are yet to lose away in all competitions this season (W3, D3), including UEL qualifiers.
The Spaniards, who will be making only their second-ever visit to Russia, have conceded the first goal in five of their last six in all competitions (W1, D2, L3). Interestingly, they haven’t lost any of their last 21 European encounters versus non-Spanish opponents.
Players to watch: CSKA have lost only one league or European game out of the 28 in which striker Fedor Chalov has scored for the club, winning 22.
Espanyol frontman Facundo Ferreyra has scored in four of their six away games in all competitions this season, being the first scorer on two occasions.
Stat attack: CSKA’s only wins over teams from Spain came last season when defeating Real Madrid twice in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
After seven league games, Espanyol have earned their lowest points tally (five) since 2012/13.
On matchday one in the UEL, Espanyol were only one of five clubs not to collect a booking.
CSKA conceded five goals versus Ludogorets, the first time in which they’ve done so since September, 2014.