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Rostov FC – Atletico de Madrid preview


Rostov FC – Atletico de Madrid
Venue: Olimp 2 15840 capacity
Date : 19/10/2016
Weather: 3 degree Celsius, clouds (by weather2umbrella)
Pitch: Good
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant referees:
Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Rostov Fc

Players out:/
Players doubtfull:
Alexandr Bukharov
Rostov FC team news

Rostov is still oscillating in their performances. They win against CSKA, then they lose against Spartak. Again poor discipline, and this time two red cards in defeat against Spartak. Nothing is sure wit this team. Except for one thing. Last 26 matches in all competitions at home court they haven’t lost. Eighteen wins and eight draws. That is the main strength of this team. They have many weaknesses but this one thing makes them confident when playing at Olimp 2. Atletico is not very keen on playing away games, and that is maybe a chance for the Russian team. But they have to play a lot better than they did in last game in Russian championship. Discipline must be on a high level, They have to be concentrated in every part of the game because Atletico and Simeone are ruthless when it comes to punishing because of nonchalance.
Azomun, Erokhin, and Azomun are bosses in the attacking area. They will be threatening Atletico goal, whether it would be from long distance shots, or headers or box chances, everything will depend on them. The defensive line will be under pressure from Griesmann, Torres, Carrasco or anyone who plays, and lack of discipline that the are showing could cost them a lot. As we previously said Atletico is the team who scores from practically no chance.

Granat, Cesar Navas, and Mevlja are not so confident occasionally, and that is the worst thing about this club. Defensive line. Sometimes attack manages to cover that, but as we saw in many cases they do not succeed.
Slow tempo, with the precise tactic maybe, Rostov, has a chance to win. Any other case they are happy with a draw and that tactic lets them play for one point, who is huge for them considering that Atletico already beat PSV in Eindhoven.

Possible line-up:
S. Dzhanaev,Mevlja, Bayramyan, Terentjev, Granat, C. Navas, Erokhin, Gatcan, Noboa, Bukharov, Poloz

Bench: Medvedev, Doumbia, Prepelita, Kydrasov, Ezatolahi, Kirev

Manager: Ivan Daniliants

Atletico de Madrid

Players out:
Miguel Ángel Moyà since Aug 11, 2016
José Giménez since Sep 26, 2016
Augusto Fernández since Sep 26, 2016
Saúl Ñíguez since Oct 3, 2016
Alessio Cerci since May 1st 2016
Player doubtful:/
Atletico de Madrid team news:

Two goals in last seven matches. And the last one was in victory 7-1 over Granada in LA Liga, and the second one was at Camp Nou in the 1-1 draw against Barca. 17 goals they have scored in that period. Atletico is in tremendous form. They are crushing opponents like they are low-league teams. Simeone can choose wich players to rest because he made a perfect rotation, and everyone is happy. He is for sure coming to win in Rostov. Although it may seem by the style of play that they are playing slow and without any motive, it is a perfect trap for every opponent. One minute slow, nex minute thunder in shape of Griesmann, Carrasco or Gameiro.


There is no need to tell you who will be a potential danger for Rostov FC goal. Everyone will be. Atletico will be playing as always, careful, and if they can’t score they definitely will keep their own goal. Koke and Gabi will be playmakers, Godin and Savic threat when set pieces and any counter-attack will make an opportunity for attackers. A lot of fouls, hard physical games, duels, and tactics, tactics, tactics. Simeone style.
Atletico has already two wins, they will be searching for another one, but they will be happy even with a draw because that still puts them in the first place of the group D.
Possible line-up:
Oblak,Filipe Luis, Hernandez, Savic, Juanfran,Koke, Gabi, Thomas,Carrasco, Gameiro, Torres

Bench: Moya,Correa, Griesmann, Vrsaljko, Gaitan, Fernandez

Manager: Diego Simeone
Rostov and Atletico never played before. And we think that this first match will not be remembered as a game with a lot of nice moves. Having in mind how both teams play, we can say that this will be a game with a high number of fouls, most of them in the middle of the pitch because no team will let any counter-attacks even to begin.
Atletico will try to have the ball in their possession, while Rostov depends on upon attacking part of the team and players inspiration.
Both managers Daniliants and Simeone are going to close their half of the field, protecting own goal first, and then trying to score. This game can even be finished 0-0. But it depends on whether Rostov FC defenders are going to play as they should or they are going, again, to be undisciplined. If that happens, a result is clear. Granada knows the best. Not much goals on this match, under 2,5 , with Atletico closer to winning, that is how we see this game. Combine these two and you can get fine bet.

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