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The Russians have been impregnable at the back this season, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to keep a clean sheet against a side who struggle for goals in European competition

After seeing their Champions League dreams ended by an away goals defeat against Legia Warsaw, Molde will be hoping to secure the consolation prize of Europa League football when they welcome Rubin Kazan to the Aker Stadium for the first leg of their qualifying match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are undefeated in nine home games going into this match, but are 4/1 (5.00) outsiders with bet365 to come out on top in this match.

The Russians are yet to taste defeat at home or in Europe this season, and are clear 8/11 (1.73) favourites to put one foot in the group stages with an away win this evening.

Having drawn each of the last two matches in continental competition, the hosts are available at 5/2 (3.50) to hold their visitors to a stalemate once again.

The visitors’ unbeaten start to the season owes much to their characteristic defensive excellence, having let in just five goals in nine competitive matches.

If anything, Kurban Berdyev’s men appear to be getting meaner, as they have only conceded once in their last six games, and will be confident of frustrating the home fans when they travel to Norway.

Having seen Legia Warsaw restrict their hosts to just one goal over two legs in their Champions League qualifier, Tatary will know that a solid performance in the away leg should set themselves up for a comfortable win on home soil, where they have lost just one of their last eight European fixtures, keeping six clean sheets in that time.

Berdyev is therefore unlikely to risk too much tonight, and with three 0-0 draws in their last five matches, this will probably not be one for the neutrals.

Considering the hosts have hit the back of the net just 15 times in their last 14 continental ties, Rubin’s watertight backline offer excellent value at 5/4 (2.25) to put in a textbook away performance and keep a clean sheet this evening.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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