Rubin Kazan vs. FC Barcelona – Champions League – Match Preview and Betting Tips

Barcelona takes on Rubin Kazan again this year in their second group match in the Champions League at 17:30 GMT tonight. Last year Rubin Kazan humiliated Barcelona at Camp Nou by winning 2-0 and will need a similar result tonight at home after loosing their first game to FC Copenhagen.

Read the match preview for Barcelona vs Rubin Kazan below and receive exclusive betting tips and recent odds for the match.

Barcelona

The defending Spanish champions have been deemed favorites for the Champions League title again this year and started out impressively by winning 5-1 against Panathinaikos. Their season start in La Liga has been quite good as well and they currently hold third position after Villarreal and Valencia.

In their first five matches they have won four, but suffered a surprising defeat to Hercules by 2-0 at home. This weekend they won 3-1 away against Atletico Bilbao, which put them one point ahead of rivals Real Madrid.

Tonight Barcelona will be looking for revenge against Rubin Kazan; however they will have to do without superstar Lionel Messi due to an ankle injury.

Rubin Kazan

In the Russian Premier Division Rubin Kazan hold the title for the second year in a row, but have yet to find the same level of play in European Cups. Lucky or unluckily for the Russians they will have to face Barcelona for the second year in a row, which must be frustrating despite their surprising win at Camp Nou last year.

Their Champions League campaign ended at the group stage last year, although securing third place sent them on to the Europa League, where they lost to Wolfsburg. Rubin Kazan could face the same destiny this time around and is pressured after loosing 1-0 away against FC Copenhagen.

Betting Tip and Prediction

The result last year reminds you that Rubin Kazan can not be disregarded outright. Their defensive playing style creates a fantastic fortress and is by no means easy to penetrate. However Barcelona will be better prepared this time and must be hungry for revenge from last year’s competition. Even though they must do without key players, it does not look good for the Russian’s tonight, and we believe Barcelona will win comfortably Wednesday night. Our prediction will be 3-1 for Barcelona.

Betting Tip – Barcelona to win

Match odds

Bookmakers Home Draw Away Betting Bonus
betfair bookie 1.71 3.75 6.60 £25 FREE
partybets bookie 1.65 3.75 5.00 £25 FREE
ladbrokes bookie 1.57 3.75 6.00 £10 FREE
williamhillsports bookie 1.61 3.75 5.50 £25 FREE

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