Panathinaikos Vs Rubin Kazan – Champions League – Match Preview and Betting Tips

Get a Betting Bonus for the matchBoth Panathinaikos and Rubin Kazan are hopeful of getting a good result in tonight’s Champions League group stage clash happening at 7.45 PM BST at the Olympiako Stadio in Athens. The Greek side are pressured to bag all three points after their 2-0 thrashing by Copenhagen in their last Champions League game, while Rubin Kazan did get an unexpected point against Barcelona.

Match Preview

Panathinaikos forward Djibril Cisse may be a key for the Greek side. The French striker will be crucial, as he is the main striker and will have to lead his team through a good defensive unit that denied Barcelona the goals they desired.

Panathinaikos are likely to go into the game with their standard 4-3-1-2 formation, whereas Rubin Kazan are more likely to play this game with their traditional 4-5-1 formation with Alexey Medvedev up front and Carlos Eduardo right behind him.

The Greek champions will be looking for nothing less than a win today having suffered the shock defeat to Copenhagen at home and a 5-1 humiliation by ‘The Mighty’ Barcelona. A third successive loss could spell the end of the title race in Europe. No one elucidates this fact better than their star striker Cisse, who says and I quote “You win you get an extra life; lose and you can wave goodbye to the Champions League”.

Great news for Panathinaikos fans is that Sotiris Ninis could play a role in tonight’s match having recovered from a foot problem, while Giourkas Seitaridis has also been declared fit to play.

Rubin Kazan players on the other hand will be wondering, what the effect of losing Roman Sharonov will be. He is out with a knee injury and will be unavailable for his team. However they can rest their hopes on Christian Noboa, whose ability to craft good crosses and his bravery in running at defenders will come in handy against the Greek champions and was crucial in the 1-1 draw against Barcelona.

Rubin Kazan will definitely be looking to catch up having started with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Copenhagen in Denmark and are now three points behind Barcelona and five behind leaders Copenhagen. A win this time could definitely increase their chances of qualifying for the second round, which might even be necessary to keep up with Copenhagen.

Their coach Kurban Berdyev is certainly wary in underestimating Panathinaikos and admits that they have to be very careful against a team like the Greeks. However, he reiterated that they were going for the result and were not going to play defensive.

Betting Tip

We are expecting a very tight match tonight with both teams playing cautiously and without risk. A draw could be enough for Rubin Kazan and they will be satisfied by this. The question is whether Panathinaikos have the ability to break down Rubin Kazan, which seem unlikely. Our prediction will be 0-0 and a draw.

Betting Tip – A draw

Match odds

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Betfair Sports Betting 2.72 3.30 2.96

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ladbrokes Sports Betting 2.62 3.30 2.62

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William Hill Sports Betting 2.62 3.10 2.75

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