The nouveau riche side from Russia successfully passed their first hurdle in Europe and they are now expected to beat Vitesse as well.
The Dutch side overcame Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second qualifying round, but a trip to Russia could prove to be pretty disappointing for them.
Having spent so much money on new players last season, Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov decided to cut back spending this summer, although he did bring striker Lacina Traore for €18 million.
Despite the lack of summer spending, Anzhi enjoyed a bright start to the season, having recorded a 5-0 aggregate win over Honved in Europe, while taking four points from first two league games.
Samuel Eto’o and Lacina Traore seem to have already established a good attacking partnership, which is great news for everyone at the club.
Judging by team’s recent showings, odds of 1.45 (9/20) offered at 188BET on home win look too good to pass.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Gabulov – Logashov, Samba, Joao Carlos, Tagirbekov – Shatov, Jucilei, Akhmedov, Boussoufa – Eto’o, Traore.
Vitesse may have finished last season in seventh place, but they still achieved Europa League qualification, having beaten NEC Nijmegen and RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie play-offs.
The team have stayed virtually unchanged over the summer, which may not necessarily be a bad thing, as witnessed by the solid showings in the Europa League second qualifying round.
Following the entertaining 4-4 draw in Bulgaria, Vitesse recorded a 3-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the return leg to earn a clash with very good Anzhi side.
Vitesse now face a tricky tie against one of Russia’s strongest sides, and no wonder they are 3.50 (5/2) with bet365 to qualify for the next stage.
New signing Simon Cziommer is in contention for the game in Russia, but defender Tomas Kalas is suspended.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Velthuizen – van der Struijk, Kashia, Yasuda, van Aanholt – van der Heijden, van Ginkel, Hofs – Ibarra, Bony, Reis.