Real Madrid finishes up its participation in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday when the club hosts CSKA Moscow in the early slate. Los Blancos are 4-0-1 in Group G with 12 points and have the group wrapped up, while the Russian club is hoping to finish third and enter the Europa League round of 32. Roma has already clinched second place in the group.
Date : Wednesday, Dec. 12 Time: 12:55 p.m. ET Location: Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, SpainTV channel: TNT and UniMas Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free) Odds: Real Madrid -550 / CSKA Moscow +1350 / Draw +610
Real Madrid: Since Real has already wrapped up the group, we may see them do as others usually do — rest their best players. Why risk one of your more important players getting injured? Don’t expect to see much of guys like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, as this would be the perfect time to get some young players some minutes.
CSKA Moscow: This team will try to go all out, playing with a focus on attack, knowing it probably needs a result of some sort to finish over Viktoria Plzen for third place. The team is fairly healthy entering the match, and the confidence will be there after beating Real earlier in the group stage.
The Russians can’t get the win on the road, but they settle with a draw that ends up being enough to advance to the Europa League.
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 5.30pm. BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
Real Madrid and CSKA have played each other just three times before, most recently with the Russian club winning 1-0 in October.
Los Blancos won 5-2 on aggregate in the Champions League last-16 stage in 2011-12, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring home and away.