Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 4, 2013; Time: 7:05 PM UTC;
Venue: Stamford Bridge — London.
The Blues still remain in a search for two cups this season. Rafa Benitez’s team faces the Russian club at Stamford Bridge in the first-leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, having a very heavy schedule.
Chelsea stands 4th in the EPL table with 55 points from 30 games. The Blues have big chances to win second European trophy in two years. But Chelsea should care about their domestic form too, cause they are just two points ahead of Arsenal and need to gain points not to lose Champions League zone next year. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 1 defeat and 3 wins from last five games. Last five home matches the Blues have finished with 1 draw and 4 straight wins. Rafa Benitez focused on picking up some trophies this season. Chelsea have lost 2-1 to Southampton in the EPL at the weekend, but overcome Man Utd in the reverse fixture in the FA Cup. Chelsea passed through Sparta Praha and Steaua Bucuresti in the previous stages.
Rubin Kazan goes 4th in the RPL with 38 points from 22 games. The Russian outfit are 6 points behind the Champions League spot and 1 point clear in Eoropa League zone domestically. Their present form has seen 2 draws and 3 wins from last five games. Last five away matches Rubin have finished with 1 loss, 1 win and 3 draws. They are undefeated in their last 5 games. Rubin have passed through Atletico and Levante in their previous rounds of this competition to make their debut in the quarter-finals. Also, Rubin have not lost in 5 European away matches this season.
Rafa Benitez probably will make some changes in the squad which beat Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday. Defender Ashley Cole has a hamstring injury, so Ryan Bertrand will replace him. Gary Cahill is doubt with knee problem. John Terry could return in defence alongside David Luiz. Fernando Torres will play instead cup-tied Demba Ba.
Rubin Kazan head coach Kurban Berdyev has a full strength squad. Bribas Natkho is expected to return back to the starting line-up.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Torres.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 1 – Man Utd. 0;
Southampton 2 – Chelsea FC 1;
Chelsea FC 2 – West Ham 0.
Rubin Kazan line-up: Ryzhikov, Navas, Kuzmin, Kaleshin, Ansaldi, Sharonov, Orbaiz, Eremenko, Karadeniz, Natkho, Dyadyun.
Last three matches:
Rubin Kazan 2 – Lok. Moscow 0;
Terek 0 – Rubin Kazan 0;
Rubin Kazan 2 – Levante 0.