Anderlecht vs FC Rostov:
Champions League Qualifiers.
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium (Brussels).
Belgium giants Anderlecht hope to prove their credentials against Rostov when they host the Russian side at home in UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round.
The two sides shared the spoils in the first leg in Russia following a thrilling game which resulted in 2-2.
Anderlecht will be carrying a 2-1 domestic win at home to Mouscron-Peru into the game to wish a better results that can give them an European campaign.
Rostov grabbed an away league win against Gazovik Orenburg which is serving as a morale boost for them as they trek to Belgium to visit Anderlecht.
Anderlecht vs Rostov: Head-to-Head
Only one outing is recorded between these two teams that was the first leg of this game which resulted in 2-2 draw in Russia.
But Rostov have not met with any side from Belgium in the Champions League before in their club history.
While Anderlecht, whose name have been heard on several occasions in Champions League competitions have clashed 14 times with Russia clubs in UEFA competitions. They have five wins, two draws and seven losses, scoring 22 goals against 24 conceded.
Anderlecht heaviest defeat to a Russian club was the 5-1 lost to Lokomotiv Moskva on October, 24, 2001. And greatest victory to Russian side was 4-0 against FC Alania Vladikavkaz in 24th September 1996.
Anderlecht vs Rostov: Prediction
Rostov are going to play away which is a difficult task for them as this is the first time they are playing against a Belgian side in their club history. It is a terrain that they are not familiar with, while their opponents are a far experienced side at this stage.
On other hand, Anderlecht looked very bright from the first leg by picking 2-2 in Russia. Moreover, the Belgium side have played several times against Russian clubs so when it comes to dynamics and how Russia clubs play their football looks nothing new to them thanks to the first leg draw.
A very cagey game will be witnessed on Wednesday but it Rostov who have a lot of work to do because even a goalless draw could sail Anderlecht through on away go rule but Anderlecht need not be complacent on the day. The Belgians are a better quality side than their Russian counterparts and they will be able to edge this inside the regulated 90 minutes.
I will also predict a full time correct score of – Anderlecht 2-1 Rostov.
Anderlecht vs Rostov: Tips
Anderlecht to win.
Over 2.5 goals.