Nov. 21, 2016
Rostov vs. Bayern Munich Preview & Prediction
The Champions League debutants from Russia, FC Rostov, have already been eliminated from the tournament. But there is much on the line for the Russian club, and that is to achieve a third-place finish in Group D to advance it to the round of 32 of the Europa League.
Rostov is sitting third in Group D with 1 point in their four matches, and are tied with PSV at the bottom.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, are second in Group D with 9 points in their four matches. Atletico Madrid, who defeated Bayern on Matchday 2 are top of Group D with 12 points. The Bavarians must win this contest to set up a must-win clash against the club from Madrid.
Prediction: FC Rostov must consider this as the perfect game to face the German heavyweights Bayern Munich. Carlo Ancelotti's side has dropped points in their last two Bundesliga games with the latest ending in a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. They are not at their best since the beginning of the Bundesliga season and very vulnerable while playing on the road. This was proof their narrow 2-1 road win in Champions League action against a struggling PSV side. Rostov on the other hand is a team with plenty of fighting spirit especially when they host a game. They were undefeated in 26 home games in all competitions before the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Matchday 3. With Bayern coming on the back of a poor run and home crowd getting behind them, I can expect the minnows to put on an excellent show. In conclusion, Bayern gets their win, but I have this as a low scoring game.