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Atletico Madrid – Rostov FC preview

Atletico's Fernando Torres, left, vies for the ball with Rostov's Vladimir Granat during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Rostov and Atletico Madrid in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Sergey Pivovarov)



Date: 1st November 2016
Venue: Vicente Calderon capacity 54907
Kick off: 20:45 CET
Weather: 13 degrees Celsius, Clear (by Weather2umbrella)
Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees:
Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
David McGeachie (SCO)
Atletico Madrid team news

Players injured:
Miguel Ángel Moyà since Aug 11, 2016
Augusto Fernández since Sep 26, 2016
Alessio Cerci since May 1, 2016

Players doubtfull: /

Two weeks later, Atletico is back in Madrid to play in Champions League. They are playing against Rostov Fc, and they are absolute favorites before this match. In the last meeting between these two teams, Atletico won confidently. Although final result. 1:0, is not so convincing when you look at the performances of two teams, Rostov was lucky that they didn’t concede 5 goals, at least. And we mean it.
Atletico is in good shape, they are the team which is one of the best in Europe. When we see their form, the conclusion is that the Russian team will not be in a comfortable place. because of Atletico, from time to time, demolish some team in Madrid.
They won against 4:2 against Malaga in the last stage of La Liga, and they have only on defeat in last thirteen matches in all competitions, one in an encounter with Sevilla on 23rd October 1:0.
Several players are in great form. Carrasco, Gameiro both of them scored two goals against Malaga, Griezmann, Corea, but also defensive line, Savic, and youngster Gimenez. This means that Diego Simeone is probably going to rest some of them and try out some new players and tactics. Whoever plays, Atletico is an absolute favorite. Simeone will definitely demand from his players strong beginning of the game and that they try to score quickly. Also to be aware of potential injuries, and no bookings from the referee. Fernando Torres will probably be in the starting lineup, and this will be a perfect opportunity for him to score some goal and to start some good streak, after all, he was one of the best strikers in the world.
Strong midfield, short passes, quick individual plays upfront, and steel strong defense. Key facts of Atletico Madrid tactic for this match.
They have routine game in front of them, all they need to do is be patient, play their own style, and we will probably see a lot of goals.
With this three points, they are keeping themselves in the first place of their group, while Bayern Munich is second, and that is also a motive, to win this match. In the end, it is an advantage that might prevail in the knockout round of the competition.
Possible line up:
Oblak; Filipe Luis, Hernández, Savić, Vrsaljko; Koke, Gabi, Saul Niguez; Gaitan, Gameiro, Torres

Bench: Moreira, Godin Thomas, Griezmann, Carrasco, Juanfran


Manager: Diego Simeone
Rostov FC news
One of the best teams in Europe is visited by the team which currently is on a streak of four games without a win. One draw and three losses, last one this weekend in Russian league against Amkar Perm 1:0.
Moral of the team is low, as we can see by their performances on the pitch. Discipline is awful, and many players are neglecting tactical plays that are given to them by manager Daniliant. It is hard to predict when this crisis will end. Or would it end until the end of the season?
Bad offense, bad defense, bad midfield. Everything is bad at the moment for Russian Champions League team. It will be almost impossible for them to avoid defeat in Madrid. But we said almost. This is Champions League. Everything is possible here.
In order for Rostov FC to do such a thing they just have to do everything opposite from what they have been doing so far. Strong defense, discipline, and clever plays. If they need to defend with ten players and wait for the counter-attack, they should defend. Ball possession is not much important for them, as they aren’t among teams who have creative players. Clean and simple defense, counter-attack, then again the same. That is the only way for them on their way to the sensation.
Azomun needs to play the game of his life, because as time is passing, players who were supposed to be leaders, such as Gatcan or Cesar Navas or Erokhin are underachieving. Gatcan, for example, has already been expelled twice for receiving the red card. Erokhin and Navas too. Azomun, Poloz, and Noboa should be key players and not these three guys. But manager Danilinat decides that.

Possible lineups:
Dzhanaev; Mevlja, Granat, Navas; Terentjev, Erokhin, Noboa, Gatcan, Kalachev; Poloz, Azmoun

Bench: Komisarov, Ezatolahi, Gueye, Prepelita, Bukharov, Doumbia

Manager: Ivan Daliniant

It is an easy game for prediction, Atletico is dominant in this matchup and it would take a miracle for Rostov to avoid losing this game with more than 3 goal difference. Our advice is to bet Atletico over 1,5 goal in the first half. Because we think that they will try to gain the lead early and then in low tempo game to finish this match. Apart from that, you can bet over 3,5 goals on the whole match.

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