Venue: Olimp 2 (15840 capacity)
Weather: 8 degrees cloudy, possible rain
Rostov defense is on a bad streak lately, as they have conceded 11 goals in last four matches, and also, they have received 5 red cards in last 10 matches. That puts them in a bad position. In the last match, they beat Lokomotiv Moscow, with 1:0, in not such a good game for both teams. Many weaknesses were shown in that game. Red card, not creative game up front, slow tempo. This will be their crucial game for this period if they overcome problems and win this game, it may be the turning point of their season. They have already beat one Dutch titan, Ajax in playoff stage, with strong and confident performance. Since that, they are not so good. Cesar Navas and Novoseltsev just have to play good, and not to let themselves make fouls in the danger area. In the middle, Gatcan needs to play a lot better if Rostov Fc wants to win this one. He will be the X-factor in creating the game for the home team. All the chances and the passes to the forward players will have to be created by him. Manager Daniliant probably is going to make pressure in the middle of the court, trying to prevail PSV quick wing attacks. Rostov has one huge advantage over PSV, and that is weather and distance. The Dutch team is tired, has to travel a lot, and the weather conditions in Russia are not ideal for them., while the home team is used yo play in cold and windy Russian nights. When they play at home it is very, very unpleasant, hard team.
Dzahanaev; Terentjev, Novoseltsev, Navas, Kudryasov,Bayramyan;Erokhin, Gatcan,Oboa; Bukharov, Azmoun
Mevlja, Kalachev, Poloz, Ezatolahi, Kireev.
Coach: Ivan Daniliants
Luuk Koopmans since 5/8/2016
Jurgen Locadia 9/9/2016
PSV is coming after two straight wins. Over Roda JC 4:0 in Dutch cup, and this weekend against Excelsior 1:3.
They have been playing in Dutch cup, over the week, and the week before they had a match with Atletico de Madrid, and we might say that they are a bit tired. Above all, they need to travel to Rostov and play in completely different weather conditions after a long trip. Everything is against PSV, except one thing. Rostov FC form. And this is why Dutch champion is coming to win here and secure the third position in this group behind Atletico and Bayern Munich. Phillipe Cocu knows that Rostov main weakness is their defense. On the other side, the offense is the part of PSV team that was really bad.For five straight games, they did not score. After this streak, they have scored 7 in two games. Although, Jurgen Locadia is injured and out, Pereiro, Luuk de Jong, and 20-year old Bart Ramselaar are a threat that is going to be first and the biggest danger for the Rostov Fc goalkeeper Dzahanaev.
Boys from Eindhoven are oscillating in their performances, and they are looking as if they are still searching the right way to perform. The main man Davy Propper will be under strict guard by the Rostov players, and we could expect a lot of fouls on him, as he is the best creative player in his team.
Zoet; Brenet, Isimait-Mirin, Moreno, Willems; Propper, Guardado, Ramselaar; Pereiro, De Jong, Narsingh
Arias, Bergwijn, Schwaab, Siem de Jong, Lunquist
Coach: Phillipe Cocu
Both teams know that this is their most important game in this stage, as first two places are reserved for Atletico de Madrid and Bayern Munich. PSV lost home against Atletico, and that game was their chance to involve themselves in the chase for first two places, now they have to fight with Rostov for third place. Rostov however, waited for this match and the clash with PSV as their main rival for third place.
We could expect that Rostov tries to impose their slow tempo, with hard and tactical game in the middle, waiting for some set piece chance, while PSV will try to avoid duels and will try to play quick, down the flanks, pressuring back line of Rostov, which is pretty slow and weak when playing against fast players.
Rostov is a very undisciplined team, scores only 1.3 goals per game, has some above 44% possession of the ball in the Russian championship, that means even less in Europe. They are waiting for the counter attack, and set pieces, which is their strongest weapon. We could expect PSV to play quick with often sending the ball down the flanks, and many, many long shots.
This game is a bit unpredictable because one goal can solve the whole match. Not many goals are going to be involved in this game, under 2.5 unless Rostov defense falls apart and awaken PSV forwards use that and score a couple more.
UEFA closed one of the stands (East Stand) of the Rostov FC stadium, because of the fans racist behavior in the match against Ajax, 1500 seats will be empty.
These two teams never played against each other.