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  • 13 March 2014
  • • 20:05
  • • AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 9653
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AZ 1.73 1.73 1.80 1.75
Draw 3.60 3.50 3.40 3.50
Anzhi Makhachkala 5.00 5.00 4.80 5.00
AZ-Anzhi Makhachkala Preview: Russians look to continue rebuilding process in Europa League

AZ-Anzhi Makhachkala Preview: Russians look to continue rebuilding process in Europa League

The troubled outfit are recuperating after the loss of key talent and have an eye on a last-eight spot, with the Eredivisie side standing in their way

Anzhi Makhachkala travel to face AZ on Thursday as their rebuilding project continues onward, after owner Suleyman Kerimov withdrew the majority of his funding last year.

The days of Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Roberto Carlos playing for the club are long gone, with a dreadful start to their domestic season - which saw them draw eight and lose 11 of their first 19 league games - leaving them stranded in the relegation zone.

But despite their plight at home, Anzhi have prospered in the Europa League, qualifying from a group that included Tottenham, Tromso and Sheriff.

The Russians were one of just two sides to make it through the group stages with a negative goal difference after scoring just four goals in Group K, and a 2-0 win at Genkin the second leg of their last-32 clash saw them through to this stage.

Anzhi, for whom Alexander Troshechkin remains sidelined, are still rooted to the foot of the league table but are in good spirits ahead of the match in Alkmaar on Thursday.

AZ are enjoying far more success than their opponents domestically, sitting seventh in the Eredivisie after successive 4-0 wins over RKC Waalwijk and Heracles.

Aron Johannsson scored twice on Saturday and has netted 16 goals in 26 Eredivisie appearances this season.

AZ won three and drew three in Group L to finish in first place with 12 points and then edged Slovan Liberec in the last 32, winning 2-1 on aggregate.

Johann Gudmundsson has scored five goals in 10 Europa League appearances this season for AZ, but Celso Ortiz, Dirk Marcellis and Jan Wuytens could all miss out due to injury.

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Available Squads
1Esteban AlvaradoGoalkeeper
2Mattias JohanssonDefender
4Nick ViergeverDefender
15Simon PoulsenDefender
24Jeffrey GouweleeuwDefender
8Nemanja GudeljMidfielder
12Viktor ElmMidfielder
26Celso Fabián OrtizMidfielder
20Aron JóhannssonStriker
22Steven BerghuisStriker
-Roy BeerensStriker
16Yves De WinterGoalkeeper
5Donny GorterMidfielder
6Etienne ReijnenDefender
29Jan WuytensDefender
19Marcus HenriksenMidfielder
7Johann GudmundssonMidfielder
44Denni AvdicStriker
-Mikhail KerzhakovGoalkeeper
28Andrey EschenkoDefender
3Ali GadzhibekovDefender
18B. AngbwaDefender
15Aleksandr EpureanuDefender
37EwertonDefender
-Karlen MkrtchyanMidfielder
9Odil AkhmedovMidfielder
-Oleksandr AliyevMidfielder
-Alexander BukharovStriker
-Fedor SmolovStriker
43Evgeny PomazanGoalkeeper
7Kamil AgalarovMidfielder
-Vladimir SobolevMidfielder
28Serder SerderovStriker
44Nikita BurmistrovStriker
-Islamnur AbdulavovStriker

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