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Europa League: Rubin Kazan vs FC Sion preview

Kick off: Thursday, 26.11.2015. @17:00

Venue: Central’nyj stadion Kazan (Kazan)

Head to head record

FC Sion vs Rubin Kazan 2-1 (2015/2016 Europa League)

Rubin Kazan vs FC Sion prediction

Rubin Kazan will be looking to keep their hopes of reaching the Europa League knockout stages alive with a win over Sion at their Central’nyj Stadion Kazan. The Swiss side aim to cement top position in Group B, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards.

Tatars eyeing first win

Few years ago Rubin Kazan were playing an important role in both Russian Premier League and Europa League, but the club suffered a financial crisis and, as a result, the Tatars started to struggle in all competitions. Valery Chaly’s men sit in ninth position in the Russian Premier League standings and they have yet to record a win in the 2015/2016 Europa League campaign. However, a win over Sion on Thursday evening would see Rubin rejoin the race for a place in the knockout stages of the competition and no doubt the hosts will go all guns blazing at the Swiss side. The Russian side have netted no more than two goals in four group matches, but the clash against Sion could be the turning point for the Tatars. You should have in mind that Rubin Kazan outplayed Krylya Sovetov in their last home fixture in the national championship.

Gokdeniz Karadeniz is a major doubt and he will be assessed on the match day, while Igor Portnyagin is definitely sidelined with injury. Interim boss Valery Chaly has no other selection worries ahead of the visit of Sion.


One point for the next phase

Sion have been playing above expectations in the 2015/2016 Europa League campaign. The Swiss outfit are unbeaten in Group B and they will be looking to clinch their spot in the knockout stages of the competition with a victory over Rubin Kazan. The Stade Tourbillon outfit occupy top position in their group ahead of the trip to Kazan and seeing that they are five points clear of third-placed Bordeaux, Didier Tholot’s men will make it to the last 32 even if they share the spoils with the Russian side on Thursday evening. Sion have recorded only one win in previous eight away fixtures in the Europa League, meaning that the team often struggle on the travels. Moussa Konate has netted eight goals in all competitions this season and the Senegal attacker s widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against Rubin. It has to be noted that he found the net for Senegal in a 3-0 win over Madagascar earlier in November.

Coach Didier Tholot has no fresh injury worries and he is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that defeated Bordeaux in France. Aforementioned striker Moussa Konate returns from a domestic ban.

Rubin Kazan vs FC Sion betting tip

Rubin Kazan face a do-or-die situation in Thursday’s match against Sion. Only a win counts for the Russian team and I am positive that the hosts will go all-out attack against Didier Tholot’s troops. The Swiss side are with one foot in the Europa League knockout stages and they should make it to the next phase regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s clash. The hosts want this win more than their opponents and, taking everything into account, I believe that there is a certain value in betting on the Tatars, who are tough to beat at home ground.

Tip: Rubin Kazan to win

Odds: 2.30 (13/10) at bet365

Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

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