FK Rostov VS PSV Eindhoven Prediction
Surprising Russian vice-champion Rostov will be keen to taking scalp of another Dutch side after eliminating Ajax from the UEFA Champions League playoffs. This time the Dutch Eredivisie winners PSV Eindhoven arrive in Rostov-on-Don where their domestic rivals Ajax were crushed with 1-4 and they were really lucky to score from penalty, something which happened just a month ago, so this must be a warning to Phillip Cocu and his squad. Both clubs suffered defeats in the Champions League’s opening round which makes stake even higher as an eventual loss for one will virtually cut its Champions League dreams, considering their schedule. After round two on Wednesday evening, 28 September, Rostov will face Atlético Madrid twice, while PSV will challenge Group D favourites Bayern Munich.
Rostov vs PSV – Team News and Match Preview
The Selmashi won’t hold some positive memories after their Champions League group stage debut at the “Allianz Arena” in Bavarian capital Munich, where Bayern scored five in Soslan Dzhanayev’s net. Of course, Rostov knew what they should expect from their trip to Germany and we doubt that someone expected something else from that game. Rostov shouldn’t be so disappointed by its opening fixture and squad led by former member of Kurban Berdyev’s coaching staff – Ivan Daniliants, must concentrate only towards their home debut.
In a fact Rostov are doing much better at home where they’re unbeaten since May 2015 (losing from Terek Grozny), coming after a weekend success against Lokomotiv Moscow. Their 1-0 victory from Saturday evening came right on time since Rostov were in a run from three consecutive defeats, as after the 0-5 defeat by Bayern Munich, Rostov have lost in two domestic outings. First of all Rostov lost to FC Krasnodar (1-2) few days after their Champions League fixture, followed by a 0-4 loss against Dynamo Moscow in the midweek Russian Cup leg. Anyway, Ivan Daniliants gave some rest to his key players from that trip to Moscow and they were thankful with a win against Loko Moscow few days later. Thus Rostov is on fifth position in the Russian Premier League with 13 points out of 8 rounds, on just three points behind third placed Zenit.
PSV have had an awful week after losing their Champions League opener from Atletico Madrid, but that wasn’t all. Only few days later “The Rood-witten” suffered another crucial defeat by rivals Feyenoord and they both were at the “Philips Stadion” in Eindhoven. After those two defeats Phillip Cocu had two more domestic games for psychological and physical recovery of his squad and Dutch champions should be back in mood. Initially, as it comes to last week’s fixtures, PSV had another home match for the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) where they were back on track with a 4-0 win against Roda JC, followed by a 3-1 success in Rotterdam, where in Saturday night PSV won against Excelsior. Nevertheless, PSV remain on five points behind current leaders Feyenoord and Phillip Cocu’s side shares same amount of points with last year’s runner-up Ajax – 16 after seven Eredivisie rounds.
Rostov vs PSV – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Rostov have already shown how dangerous they’re when facing teams from the Benelux region after eliminating Belgian Anderlecht and Dutch Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League qualifying. Moreover, they have not lost a single game against them and at the same time they have scored in every match. Russian team will be eager for more of the same effort and Ivan Daniliants is with full squad available.
Even after summer transfers of two key defenders – Bastos and Ivan Novoseltsev, who have respectively joined Lazio and Zenit St. Petersburg, Rostov found replacements in face of Slovenian centre-back Miha Mevlja (from Dinamo Bucuresti) and the experienced former defender of Dynamo/Spartak Moscow – Vladimir Granat. They’ll fill the gaps after departures of both above mentioned centre-backs, as we expect same starting formation (5-3-2 transforming to a 3-5-2) including three central defenders, with the two alongside César Navas.
Ivan Daniliants will probably name same squad used in weekend’s success against Lokomotiv Moscow which was team’s first clean sheet after six successive games.
PSV were unlucky to miss some great scoring chances and even a penalty in their 0-1 defeat by Atleti, where Dutch team wasn’t happy with some referee decisions as well. However, this remains in past and now Phillip Cocu’s side must move on. This goes through a mandatory success in Rostov but we’re pretty sure PSV won’t have an easy game here, not at all.
Phillip Cocu will switch from the formation used against Atletico Madrid and we expect regular 4-3-3 formation by PSV in almost every game, where only absence is still name of injured forward Jürgen Locadia.
One negative tendency for the Dutch side – PSV have failed to win any of their four away games in the 2015-2016 Champions League season and have lost their last four matches in Russia. Their last trip to Russia was in last year’s group phase as well, when PSV lost to CSKA Moscow with 2-3 and this was the last time when PSV scored in a Champions League outing, followed by three more visits without scoring.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
We expect really tough game for PSV, although they have been determined as favourites here, getting slight advantage by the bookies. Anyhow, we are not so convinced about that and we expect one really balanced game where both sides will be cautious as they don’t want to lose. Like we said in the introduction, losing of this match may be with crucial consequences for any further Champions League ambitions of both sides, so we’re more tempted by betting on “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Rostov will do their best to benefit from the home advantage while PSV is team that owns more quality, at least on paper.
Venue: “Olimp 2”, Rostov-on-Don.
Referee: Clément Turpin from France.
Possible starting lineups of Rostov and PSV Eindhoven
FK Rostov: Soslan Dzhanaev – Miha Mevlja, Vladimir Granat, Cesar Navas – Fedor Kudryashov, Christian Noboa, Alexandru Gatcan, Aleksandr Erokhin, Timofey Kalachev – Dmitri Poloz, Sardar Azmoun. (3-5-2)
PSV Eindhoven: Jeroen Zoet – Jetro Willems, Héctor Moreno, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Santiago Arias – Andrés Guardado, Davy Pröpper, Jorrit Hendrix – Gastón Pereiro, Luciano Narsingh, Luuk de Jong. (4-3-3)