Writer: OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday October 3 2013
If your going to the match it will take more than a number N98 bus to get you there! If your interested the address is: Mikrorayon-9 368304 Kaspiysk Russia telephone +7 (495) 933 4943 Anzhi-Arena Capacity 31000
For the record and according to Wikki: FC Anzhi Makhachkala is a Russian football club based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan. Founded in 1991, the club competes in the Russian Premier League, playing their home games at the Anzhi-Arena. On 18 January 2011, Anzhi Makhachkala was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and since then the club have had sufficient funds for signings such as Samuel Eto'o and the managerial appointment of Guus Hiddink in February 2012.
Currently sitting 16th in their domestic league their current coach, Gadzhi Gadzhiev regards this game as their cup final. Personally, I would love to do the 3,000 mile trip but I am washing my hair that night!
Bet Fair have us 1/7 on to win between 2-0 and 3-0. As I look down the list of the squad names I confess to struggling with finding a name that jumps out at me although some of them would make me jump if I ever met them on a dark night! They are on home turf and they are going to be in front of a 31,000 capacity crowd. We on the other hand have some work to do in front of goal. We played like we meant it against the Chavs on Saturday and for about 45 minutes we were the better team. We have to carry that form across the whole 90 minutes. This Europa League fixture is another chance for AVB to look at our set up and try to understand how we could be better in the last 3rd. We need Soldado to find his scoring touch and get his confidence up whether he will be played is another matter. Is it the lack of service he is not getting? because he seems to be getting himself in the right places, or, is it the fact that players like Townsend, Paulinho, Siggs are shooting for goal rather than passing the ball to him? Either way he needs to get his confidence back and I for one would like to see him make a start.
We do have Adebayor back in training and perhaps 60 minutes would not be a bad start for his overdue come back. Naughton will probably make right back with Fryers back on the left. Chiriches will probably make his return to the back four, we need to see more of Vlad, and I hope Kaboul may be considered.
I am hoping that Chadli gets a start along with Sandro and Holtby and Siggurdson as I assume AVB will want to keep Townsend back as Lennon is not back in training until Friday and Capoue is out until mid October. .
Who goes in the pocket and who leads the line is not that clear cut. Harry Kane and Adebayor? Adebayour and Defoe? Soldado and Eriksen? Would AVB risk Lamela and/or Eriksen? who knows. Perhaps Jonathan Obika will travel with the squad. AVB has options but I am hoping he rests Dembele who is showing signs of coming back into full fitness and playing very well. We have Wet Spam next so AVB might give some of our first team a night off...it`s a long trip and one of the reasons why the Europa League is such a draining experience for the club, the manager and the fans! Let`s just hope we don`t pick up anymore injuries!
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday October 3 2013
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