Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Atletico Madrid have been impressive in the Champions League group stages this term. Los Rojiblancos recorded a win in each of their three group games and they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Rostov. Diego Simeone’s men are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in Group D and we would not be surprised if the Russian outfit fail to score in Tuesday’s football game. Rostov have slim chances of qualifying for the knockout stages and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. When the two sides met at Stadion Olimp 2 Belgian winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored the winner for Atletico Madrid and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line in Tuesday’s clash at Estadio Vicente Calderon. It has to be noted that Diego Simeone’s charges managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six home games in the elite competition.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Partey):
After starting his youth career at Odometah, Thomas Partey was spotted by Atletico Madrid scouts in 2011 and he soon joined the Estadio Vicente Calderon outfit. The defensive midfielder, who born in Odumase Krobo, Ghana on 13 June, 1993, played 33 league games for Atletico Madrid B, while making 14 league appearances for the first team. After ending his loan spells with Mallorca and Almeria, Thomas Partey returned to Atletico Madrid in 2015 and he made his debut for Diego Simeone’s team in a 1-0 win over Espanyol. The Ghanaian footballer played in the 2015/2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid, coming as a substitute in the 116th minute of the game. Thomas Partey made his Ghana debut in a 2-0 win over Mauritius in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. His main position is defensive midfield, but the Atletico Madrid man is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. Partey scored two goals for los Rojiblancos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (FK Rostov):
Russian side FK Rostov were established in 1930 and have so far changed their name on five different occasions. Following turbulent times down the lower tiers of Russian football, Rostov returned to the Russian Top League in the final season of Soviet football, after the USSR’s disintegration. Kurban Bardeyev’s helped the club stabilize, and under his leadership Rostov maintained their place in the top tier and at the same time started making progress which resulted in 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage involvement. Rostov entered the third qualifying round as runners-up of the Russian Premier League, beating Anderlecht and Dutch giants Ajax on their historic path to Europe’s elite competition. Russian National Football League winners from 2008, and Russian Cup holders from 2014 have been made a surprise inclusion on the group stages of the UEFA Champions League which is their first-ever European notable result. Almost 16,000 people at the Olimp-2 will be privileged to watch the best European football in Rostov-on-Don.