Brann vs Rubin Kazan by 20Legend
Brann was able to get back up to Tippeligaen last season after being relegated in the season before. They got rid of Marcus Pedersen, who was in Brann just for the money, by selling him back to Stromsgodset where he belongs. They have picked up some very interesting signings recently as Daniel Braaaten (former Rosenborg and Valerenga) and Remi Johansen (former Tromso) which could be useful in order to stay in Tippeligaen this season. Both of their new signings are included in the squad of 22 men. However, 1st keeper Piotr Leciejewski has been left at home due to the flue, while the youngsters Oliver Rotihaug, Hakon Lorentzen and Fredrik Heggland are left out as well. This means that Brann have all their best men available at the moment if you look away from Leciejewski. He will remain at home until he gets healthy and then travel down to the group.
Brann has played four club friendlies so far with 1-2-1 as a result. They beat Elfsborg (2-1) before getting a draw against Jonkopings (1-1), before getting two negative results against local opponents in Sogndal (2-1) and Asane (0-0). Now they are heading to Spain to meat both Rubin Kazan and Haugesund during their staying.
Rubin Kazan did also face a Norwegian team in their last club friendly as Sarpsborg 08 got beaten by a heavy 1-3 defeat. The Russians was actually playing some amazing football in this match that was showed on Norwegian television. Sarpsborg was amazingly lucky that it not got to be a worse result for them as the coach stated after the game. It had been nothing to say about Rubin Kazan winning 1-5 or 1-6 in terms of huge chances and domination in front of the opponent’s goal. It was a wonder that it took 37 minutes before the Russians took the lead after a brilliant strike from Kanunnikov. They continued in the second half as the experienced striker Kislyak scored after 48 minutes. The former Everton-player Dimiyar Bilyaletdinov added another goal after 68 minutes which killed the game. Sarpsborg’s newcomer Matti Lund Nielsen got a chance to fix on the result after 73 minutes, but it was a well-deserved win for Rubin Kazan in the end.
Brann has not been particularly good in their training matches yet and their season is still three weeks away. Rubin Kazan is waiting for their season to continue and has kept the players in-form with club friendlies for a longer period of time now. Judging by their performance against Sarpsborg 08, Brann should be in for a very tough test here. I believe that it will be too tough for them and Rubin Kazan will continue their impressive play and also take another win.