Feb 21, 2013 at 5pm UK at ​Tsentralnyi Stadion
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Preview: Rubin Kazan vs. Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone
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Sports Mole previews the second leg of the Europa League knockout-round clash between Rubin Kazan and Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid have it all to do when they travel to face Rubin Kazan in the second leg of their Europa League knockout-round clash in Russia on Thursday.

The La Liga outfit were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Rubin last week, meaning that Diego Simeone's side need to produce a strong turnaround in order to book their spot in the latter stages of the tournament.

Rubin enter the match having won just one of their last five matches in all competitions, with that run of form leaving them in seventh position in their domestic table, some 12 points behind leaders CSKA Moscow.

Atletico are enjoying a successful La Liga season, meanwhile, currently occupying second position, four points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid. They have won all 12 of their home league matches this season, but have been less successful on the road, suffering five defeats from 12 games.

Rubin could name the same side that started the first leg last week, but Oleg Kuzmin and Gokhan Tore are pushing for places in defence and midfield respectively.

Atletico could recall Diego Costa at the expense of Radamel Falcao, who has not long been back from injury. Meanwhile, Cata Diaz should continue in defence at the expense of Miranda, who is struggling with a slight muscular complaint.

Recent form

Rubin: LLLLW

Atletico: WWLLW

Possible lineups

Rubin: Ryzhikov, Ansaldi, Navas, Marcano, Sharonov; Orbaiz, Karadeniz, Natcho, Kislyak; Eremenko, Rondon

Atletico: Asenjo; Juanfran, Diaz, Godin, Luis; Tiago, Suarez, Turan, Rodriguez; Costa, Adrian

Sports Mole says: 2-2

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