CSKA with really strong squad this season but unfortunatelly is taking the third place in the domestic league 9 points from the leaders Zenit 5 games till the end.CSKA Moscow host Palermo tomorrow in confident mood, knowing a win will see them reach the Europa League round of 32 and leave their Italian opponents struggling to progress.A 3-0 win at Palermo a fortnight ago saw Leonid Slutski's side go five points clear of Sparta Prague at the top of Group F and six ahead of the Sicilians.Another win at the Arena Khimki stadium tomorrow night would ensure the Russians of finishing at least second in the final standings and leave Palermo to battle it out with Sparta and Lausanne for the other qualifying spot.
Delio Rossi's Palermo head into the encounter on the back of last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Lazio in Serie A.The result marked their second consecutive loss and dropped the Sicilians to 10th in the standings.The Italians know they will have to be at their very best if they are to have any chance of surprising the Russians.Palermo, who have lost both of their European away fixtures this season, will be without the services of Javier Pastore, Armin Bacinovic, Josip Ilicic and Abel Hernandez.
The Russians are proving prolific scorers in Europe, with nine goals scored in three games with none conceded.Also CSKA is very strong at home lately:
24.10.2010 RUS D1 CSKA Moscow 0-0 Rubin Kazan
03.10.2010 RUS D1 CSKA Moscow 2-0 FK Rostov
30.09.2010 UEFA EUL CSKA Moscow 3-0 Sparta Praha
20.09.2010 RUS D1 CSKA Moscow 1-0 Sibir Novosibirsk
29.08.2010 RUS D1 CSKA Moscow 2-1 Alania Vladikavkaz
19.08.2010 UEFA EULQ CSKA Moscow 4-0 Anorthosis FC
15.08.2010 RUS D1 CSKA Moscow 4-0 Anzhi Makhachkala
6 wins and 1 draw for them , securing 6 clean sheets!
I expect strong motivated home squad against Palermo which has some important misses and with only 5 clean sheets in last 20 games.Home win for me.Good luck
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