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Nic Ladds 5th Apr 2010 - 10:29

Mighty Milan can maul Moscow

Jose Mourino's side take a slender one goal lead to Russia in what could be a tough tie. CSKA will do all they can to stop Inter reaching their first Champions League semi-final since 2003.

Diego Milito's goal was the least Inter deserved from the first leg and could regret not adding to it. CSKA did not offer much in the first leg and spent a lot of the time defending.

That could serve them well in this leg but they will have to show more attacking intent if they are to get at least one goal to take it to extra time.

Inter (6/5) are unlikely to be daunted by a trip to Russia, they have played seven matches and lost just once so they do travel well. They have visited CSKA before; in 2007 they came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1.

This is unchartered territory for CSKA (9/5) as they have never reached this far in Europe; in fact no Russian side has been further since 1991.

Inter come in to the match on the back of three straight wins and still at the top of the Italian Serie A. Jose Mourinho has thrown his future in to doubt though as although he is happy at Inter, he is not a happy man in Italy.

Surely this is the ideal opportunity for him to go out on a high and win the Champions League for the second time in his career.

CSKA's weekend match against Zenit was cancelled due to security concerns, which means they are still unbeaten after three matches in their league and will come in to the game with fresh legs.

Inter picked up a solid home win over Bologna in their last match, 3-0 it ended and it looks as if Samuel Eto'o was rested for this big match.

Tomas Necid has four Champions League goals for CSKA this season and is 7/1 to open the scoring and level the match on aggregate.

For the first leg I recommended Japanese international Keisuke Honda who is a real threat from long range, considering this could be what the home side are limited to I will be having another bet on him to score at any time at 7/2.

Inter should start with Samuel Eto'o and first-leg goal hero Diego Milito up front, they are both 5/1 to open the scoring and you would expect an away goal would seal Inter's passage to the semis.

With a potential semi-final against Arsenal or Barcelona, Inter will want to see off the under-dogs with relative ease and will not want to make it harder than it should be. I expect a low scoring game (Under 2 goals is 7/4) as Inter will not want to concede and I would go for them to win 1-0 (11/2) on the night and advance 2-0 on aggregate.

 

 
 
 

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