Rostov vs Manchester United
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 9th March 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Olimp2, (Rostov-on-don).
As the UEFA Europa League round of 16 begins, Rostov will host the Red Devils on Thursday night.
Rostov will look to form a stumbling block for Manchester United in their bid for the first ever Europa League Trophy. They have been good at home in European games this season, losing once which was a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Rostov are in their longest European campaign, making their first appearance on the spring phase of any European competition. They will hope to go through to the quarter-finals to create a history for themselves.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho and his side are hunting for the only major European trophy lacking in their cabinet. They reached the last 16 in 2015/2016 season, their closest attempt was reaching quarter-finals in 1984/85 season.
United will enter this game from a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth over the weekend and have been unbeaten for long. They will be aiming to come away to a good result before the reverse leg at Old Trafford.
Rostov vs Manchester United: Head to Head Statistics
This is the first ever encounter between the two teams and also Rostov’s first ever game against an English side.
Manchester United have played 9 times against Russian sides, but most of the games have ended in draw, they have drawn 6 of the games, won twice and lost once.
United are unbeaten on Russian soil, they have won once and drawn trice.
United’s only defeat to a Russian side was in 2008 UEFA super Cup against Zenith St Petersburg as the game ended 2-1 favoring Zenith.
Rostov vs Manchester United: Prediction
Manchester United are slight favorites in this game despite playing away from home, they have a fair record against Russian teams. They have kept clean sheet for a 4th successive game in European game and we expect their good defense to win them this game.
We are expecting a win from the Red Devils in this game, a scoreline of 2-0 is expected to occur.