Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
CSKA Moscow are already feeling under pressure as they attempt to put a sequence of disappointing results behind them with victory against Fenerbahce.
CSKA opened their campaign with a defeat at PSV Eindhoven, and coach Valeri Gazzaev is looking for an improvement against the Turkish champions.
“Our ability to make the most of our chances will be very important in this match, as it always is,” Gazzaev said. “We were excellent in St Petersburg but we couldn’t take the clearest chances. The same thing happened at PSV. We were let down by a lack of ability, by rushing too much, by an absence of luck. As a result we didn’t get the result we needed, but we’re trying not to dwell on that. As long as we’re making chances, we’re playing well.”
Fenerbahce sprung a surprise on Matchday 1 when they beat Italian champions Inter 1-0, and Gazzaev knows there is no room for error.
“Fenerbahçe have a lot of South American players and a Brazilian coach, so we understand their methods,” he said. “They are experienced both individually and as a group, and they play quality, combination-based football. We face a difficult opponent.”
Fener coach Zico has identified two of his compatriots as CSKA’s biggest dangers.
“Vagner Love and Jo are CSKA’s strongest line of attack,” Zico said. “The most important thing is to stop CSKA scoring. We will base our tactics on that. We expect a very difficult match. We may be away from home but we will still be setting ourselves the task of getting all three points. The players will give everything to win.”
Playmaker Daniel Carvalho may return to the CSKA squad, yet with no fresh injury concerns both teams are expected to name the same line-ups that started on Matchday 1.