Rubin Kazan face the daunting task of travelling to Karaiskakis Stadium needing to overturn a one goal deficit from the first leg against Olympiakos when the two meet in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Russian side came undone in front of their own fans last week thanks to a goal from David Fuster at the Olimpiyskiy stadion, and now they must become the first team since Marseille to beat them on home soil since Marseille back in September last year.
Rubin had the perfect chance to equalise and give themselves a better chance of progressing to the last 16 when goalkeeper Balazs Megyeri was sent off for a foul on Gokdeniz Karadeniz that resulted in a penalty, however Roy Carroll, a familiar face to Manchester United and West Ham fans, emerged from the bench to save Bebras Natcho’s spot kick.
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The omens do not bode well for Rubin, with Olympiakos easily moving past PAOK in the Greek Super League earlier this month, the team that pipped Kurban Berdyev’s side to top spot in the Europa League group stages.
Both sides have been in excellent form of late, with Rubin recording seven wins and two draws in their last eight games prior to the first leg tie last week, while Olympiakos have been even more impressive, winning an incredible 15 of their last 17 games in all competitions.
Veteran goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov will return from suspension for the second leg but they will be without Alexander Orekhov, Alexey Eremenko, and Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo who are all injured.
Carroll will likely step between the goal posts once more in place of the suspended Megyeri, while former Aston Villa defender is in with a chance of appearing for Olympiakos having returned to light training this week.
Francois Modesto is in full training and is in in line for a call-up while midfielder Kevin Mirallas could also play, but Marko Pantelic is out for the season and Giannis Maniatis is a doubt.