FC Rostov vs. Manchester United: Europa League Last 16 – First Leg – Match Preview

Manchester United make the long trip to Russia to face FC Rostov for their Europa League last 16 first leg.

Rostov are fifth in the Russian League, although did hit rock bottom Tom Tomsk for six on Friday evening.

They eliminated Sparta Prague in the previous round, winning 4-0 in the home leg.

United were too strong for the French side Saint Etienne, easing to a 4-0 aggregate win.

On the weekend they were held again at Old Trafford as the 10 men of Bournemouth earned an impressive point.

European form: FC Rostov W2 D2 L1; Manchester United W4 D0 L1
2016/17 European Top Scorers
FC Rostov – Dmitry Poloz 7 goals
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5 goals

Team news
Soslan Dzhanaev has not featured since December and is likely to miss out for the hosts.

Rostov will probably name the same XI that drew in Prague a fortnight ago.

Eric Bailly is banned for the hosts, whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan will sit out with a muscular injury.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic banned on for domestic matches, he is likely to start in Russia.

Expected starting XI’s
FC Rostov (3-5-2): Medvedev; Mevlja, Navas, Granat; Kalachev, Erokhin, Gatcan, Noboa, Kudryashov; Bukharov, Poloz
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Carrick; Mata, Pogba, Rashford; Ibrahimovic

Predictions

Result: Draw (13/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (13/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Dmitry Poloz (4/1 with 888 Sport)

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