Dynamo Kiev vs Rubin Kazan preview

July 25, 2011
By: Frank Beresford

Without a doubt the most interesting clash of the Champions League 3rd qualifying round will see Dynamo Kiev square off with Rubin Kazan.

The two teams met in the Champions League group stage in 2009, with the Ukrainians winning 3:1 at home before earning a goalless draw in Kazan, but this clash should offer us much more excitement as the stakes are much higher this time.

As Shakhtar Donetsk managed to win last two Ukrainian league titles, Dynamo were forced to enter the Champions League qualifiers last season, but without a lot of success.

After beating Gent 6:1 on aggregate, the Ukrainians were eliminated by Ajax and had to settle for a place in Europa League.

They are now hoping to avoid similar scenario and are determined to beat Rubin, just like they did two years ago.

Yuri Semin’s team have been in pretty good form lately, as they managed to pick up seven points from first three league games, while beating fierce rivals Shakhtar in the Super Cup.

The Bilo-Syni have become a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are 1.91 (10/11) with 888Sport to win this game.

New signing Ideye Brown is likely to start having scored 4 goals in last 2 games, while Artem Milevskiy and Oleksandr Aliyev could return into contention after missing the last league game.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Shovkovskiy – Danilo Silva, Khacheridi, Diakathe, El Kaddouri – Lukman, Eremenko, Vukojevic, Yarmolenko – Brown, Shevchenko.

After winning back to back Russian Premier League titles in 2008 and 2009, Rubin managed to stay in the top of the elite division and are again battling for a place in the Champions League group stages.

Coach Kurban Berdyev again managed to keep the squad together following the 3rd-place finish last season and this is already proving to be a great decision.

Despite the obvious absence of creative players and proven goalscorers, Rubin sit in 4th place in the overall standings, following the run of four wins in last five matches.

Defensive organization and remarkable work-rate remain the key features of this squad and after keeping three clean sheets in last four games, Rubin are 4.20 (16/5) with Paddy Power not to concede in Kiev.

Midfielder Christian Noboa has returned from the Copa America and he will be in contention for the starting place, while Cesar Navas returns from domestic suspension.

Salvatore Bocchetti and Petr Bystrov are minor doubts, but Carlos Eduardo, Alexander Rysantsev and Vitaly Kaleshin are unlikely to feature.

Rubin continue to have major problems up front, with their three strikers scoring the total of 4 league goals in 17 rounds, so odds of 2.40 (7/5) offered by Victor Chandler on Rubin not to score do look tempting.

Probable starting line-up (4-5-1): Ryzhkov – Kuzmin, Navas, Bochetti, Ansaldi – Karadeniz, Nemov, Noboa, Nacho, Kasaev – Dyadyun.

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