Woeful Pitch To Make Life Difficult For Man Utd At Rostov

The state of the pitch at the Olimp-2 Stadium in Russia is the big talking point ahead of Thursday night's Europa League clash between Rostov and Manchester United, with the woeful nature of the ground likely to make quality football difficult...

  • Rostov have won 15 of their past 20 home games - Drawn 4, Lost 1
  • Manchester United have lost 5 of their past 7 Europa League away matches, although they have won the past two
  • Dmitriy Poloz has scored 7 goals in his last 12 European appearances

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FC Rostov v Man Utd    
Tips Under 2.5 goals and Both teams not to score    Best Bet @ 15 / 8  

Rostov Stats | Man Utd Stats

The Pitch

The pitch hasn't been used for a game since the Russian Premier League's winter break started and Jose Mourinho has voiced his concerns ahead of the first leg of this last-sixteen tie.

The ground is likely to be a far cry from Old Trafford and it is difficult to back the United win (4/5) until we have seen how the surface plays, while Rostov are certainly not a team to be underestimated and they are a best price 17/4 to win or 13/5 to draw this week (Bet 365).
Match Odds:

Home Comforts

Rostov have done wonderfully well to reach this stage of the competition as they qualified for the Champions League by beating Anderlecht and Ajax in play-off ties last summer and they went on to finish third in a group that included Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven.

Rostov held PSV 2-2, beat Bayern 3-2 and only lost 1-0 to Atletico in their three group games on home soil in the Champions League before they dropped into the Europa League, where they thumped Sparta Prague in the last-32.

It is worth noting that only Atletico have beaten Rostov at the Olimp-2 Stadium in the past twelve months, with the Russian outfit winning fifteen and drawing four in that time, and they are capable of frustrating a United side that hasn't always taken their chances this season.

Mourinho' men were left to rue their profligacy during a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth that left them in sixth place in the Premier League on Saturday and we are backing another low scoring encounter on Thursday.

Under 2.5 goals (8/13) and both teams not to score (3/4) can be backed as a 'double' at 15/8 with Bet Victor and it is the way to go for us.

United have won their past four Europa League matches without conceding a goal, while four of their past five away games in the competition have produced two goals or less.

Goalscorers?

Furthermore, Rostov haven't conceded a goal in 308 minutes at home in all competitions and they boast the second-best defence in the Russian Premier League, conceding just twelve goals in eighteen outings to sit in seventh place in the table.

The obvious goal threat is Zlatan Ibrahimovic after notching five goals in the Europa League so far and the talismanic Swede is 10/3 favourite to be first goalscorer (BetVictor.com).
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Posted: Wednesday, 8th March 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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