Preview - Rubin Kazan

  • Hammers face second match in consecutive days and take on Rubin Kazan
  • Slaven Bilic’s men looking for first win on Austria tour
  • Havard Nordtveit and Aaron Cresswell set for run-outs

When and where? 

West Ham United v Rubin Kazan (RUS)
Pre-season match
Wednesday 20 July 2016, 6pm CEST (5pm BST)
Arena Krottendorf, Energiestraße 1, 8160 Preding

What’s the story?

It’s a quick return to action for the Hammers when they follow Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko by taking on Russian side Rubin Kazan on Wednesday evening.
West Ham looked well on course for a first victory of pre-season on Tuesday, leading the Czech outfit 2-0 thanks to goals from Mark Noble and Ashley Fletcher, only to be denied by a late double from Eldar Civic.
Now they are set to face a Rubin Kazan side whose Russian Premier League season gets underway on 1 August.
After playing their first top flight season in 2003, Rubin Kazan soon found success, winning the Russian championship in 2008 and 2009.
They also won the 2011/12 Russian Cup and have been a regular in European competition in recent seasons, although 2015/16 saw them finish 10th in their domestic league.
Warming up for this season by defeating Sparta Prague 2-0, but suffering defeat to Vitesse Arnhem and Rapid Vienna, they follow their game with the Hammers by taking on Norwich City on Saturday.
For West Ham, they will be looking to build on a positive performance against Slovacko in Rohrbach.

Team news

The Hammers are set to mix and match their team again on Wednesday after giving a group of players 45 minutes, some 65 to 70 and Sam Byram and Reece Burke both 90 on Tuesday.
Havard Nortveit and Aaron Cresswell are both set to feature after sitting out the Slovacko tie, while Adrian could return between the posts after Darren Randolph played his first game of pre-season against Slovacko.
After combining for the Hammers’ second goal, young duo Domingos Quina and Ashley Fletcher will again be keen to make their mark.

Any links between the two?

New Hammers signing Gokhan Tore is a former Rubin Kazan player, having featured in five Russian Premier League games for the club after moving to the Kazan Arena from Hamburg in 2012.
He spent the second season of his spell with Rubin out on loan with Besiktas before moving to the Istanbul side permanently.
The most recognisable names in the current Kazan squad to English fans will be former Sunderland loanee Yann M’Vila and ex-Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

How do I get to the match? 

Click here for a map showing the Arena Krottendorf’s location.

How can I watch the match?

The game is being broadcast live in the UK on Premier Sports, which is available on the Sky, Virgin and TalkTalk platforms. Click here for more info.