Chelsea v Rubin Kazan Football Match will be played on 04.04.2013 in Stamford Bridge, London for a first leg UEFA Europa League match.
Chelsea having won the Champions League last season made history by being the first team to not qualify for the group stages of the Champions League after winning it in the previous year. This lead to Chelsea having to automatically enter the Europa League. They haven’t played in this league since 2002 before Abramovich became the owner. Chelsea have already played 2 matches in the Europa League, against Sparta Praha and Steaua Bucuresti, which they won the games on aggregate and will now take on Rubin Kazan.
Chelsea have recently knocked Manchester United out of the F.A Cup by starting a strong squad against them, it would be doubtful that Rafael Benitez will line-up the same squad of players for this match, as he likes rotating his players. I think Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will be expecting to start this match.
Chelsea’s key players are: Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
Rubin Kazan has been good in the Europa League this season, they have only lost one match and that was against Atletico Madrid playing at home but they managed to beat them 0-2 playing away, which led to them knocking last seasons Europa League Champions out of the League. Chelsea will need to be wary of this, because they can surprise any teams.
Rubin Kazan key players are: B. Natcho, V. Dyadyun and S. Rondón.
These are the players to watch out for in this match.
I predict Chelsea will win this match as they will be playing at home with the home advantage. If they can play the same performances they did against Manchester United in the F.A. Cup, then I can see Chelsea winning this match.
The match will begin on April 4, 2013 8:05 PM BST
Match Prediction: Chelsea Win, Correct Score 3-1