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Rostov vs Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

Rostov’s fantastic European season continued in the first knockout round when they saw off the threat of Sparta Prague, thanks to a stunning 4-0 home win. This puts them into the last 16 for the first time in their history, which is unsurprising considering this is only their second season in European competition.

Prior to this their only European campaign was a Playoff round defeat against Trabzonspor in the 2014/15 Europa League, but this season has seen them make it to the Champions League group stages, finish 3rd, and go on to the last 16 of the Europa League.

This is largely thanks to Rostov’s home form in Europe. They picked up a draw against PSV, were narrowly beaten by Atletico Madrid, but managed a stunning 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in front of their own fans in the Champions League group stages. They also beat Ajax 4-1 in the qualification rounds of the Champions League, and their 4-0 hammering of Sparta Prague can’t be ignored either.

Last time out Rostov beat Tom’ Tomsk 6-0 in the Russia Premier League, to extend their unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions. They have had a largely disappointing domestic season and find themselves 7th in the table, but their performances in Europe have been excellent.

Manchester United’s winning streak came to an end at the weekend when they were inexplicably held to a 1-1 draw at home to a Bournemouth side who played the majority of the match with ten men. They are now unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, but they remain outside the top four in the Premier League.

Away from home they have won three matches in a row now, including their 1-0 win over St Etienne in the second leg of their last Europa League clash. Overall they haven’t fared particularly well on the road in Europe though, losing to both Feyenoord and Fenerbahce in the group stages, before sealing a crucial win at Zorya.

I think Manchester United could struggle a lot more than the bookies expect here. They are odds on favourites to win, but considering Rostov’s performances against the likes of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, I think they’ve got a very good chance of getting something here. Odds of 11/10 for a Rostov Win or Draw Double Chance look excellent value, so I’m backing that alongside a 2-1 win for the hosts at 16/1 for my correct score predictions.

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