Lacina Traoré will be hoping to show Monaco just what they are missing when the on-loan striker faces his parent club, but injury-hit CSKA have concerns at the back.
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- On-loan CSKA forward Lacina Traoré set to face parent club
- CSKA have lost three of their last five fixtures
- Monaco have suffered just two defeats in last 13 matches
- Akinfeev without clean sheet in 39 UEFA Champions League games
CSKA: Akinfeev; Mário Fernandes, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Wernbloom, Natcho, Tošić, Golovin, Milanov/Ionov; Traoré.
Out: Cauņa (ankle), Dzagoev (thigh), Eremenko (suspended), Pomazun (knee)
Doubtful: Akinfeev (unspecified)
Monaco: Subašić; Sidibé, Glik, Jemerson, Beneddine; Bakayoko, Fabinho; Bernardo Silva, João Moutinho, Lemar; Germain.
Out: Almamy Touré (thigh), Falcao (concussion), Dirar (calf)
Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
Of course an ambitious team like CSKA want to show what we can do, and even though we've got some difficulties with the squad and injured players, when we're playing it doesn't matter.
We know Monaco are really strong – they've not lost a match in our group and are playing confidently in Ligue 1, beating PSG [in August]. They're a very strong team with a well-established playing style.
Leonardo Jardim, Monaco coach
Two months ago everyone said we'd been drawn in an even group. I see now that this is definitely the case – every match has been close. CSKA are a very strong side, the champions of Russia having managed to finish above Zenit. We are expecting a very difficult match.
The loss of Roman Eremenko and Alan Dzagoev is of course a blow, but their coach will find alternatives. CSKA will play aggressively but with their usual dynamism.
CSKA 1-0 Ufa (V Berezutski 18)
CSKA have claimed seven points from their first three Premier League home fixtures after Vasili Berezutski scored his first top-flight goal in two years.
Toulouse 3-1 Monaco (Trejo 65, Braithwaite 84 87; Germain 3)
Captain Valère Germain headed in the opener, but a late collapse ensured Monaco fell four points behind Ligue 1 leaders Nice.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter's view: Richard van Poortvliet (@UEFAcomRichVP)
The pressure is firmly on an injury-hit CSKA, who could really do with a win after managing a solitary point from their opening two matches in Group E. The Army Men need an injection of urgency and Lacina Traoré could be the man to provide it as he comes up against his parent club. Unbeaten Monaco arrive in Moscow in high spirits despite the loss of Ramadel Falcao and will be looking to expose a CSKA defence which has looked less than solid in this competition.
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