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Everton's Bilyaletdinov expecting tough time from Armenia

Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov feels that Armenia will prove a very tough competitor in Euro2012 qualifying tomorrow night.

The Everton star and his Russia teammates host the 62nd-tranked Armenians in St Petersburg in Group B of qualifiers and 'Billy' knows it will not be an easy encounter.

"Armenia are a very mobile and well-organised team, they move fast from defence to attack and their counter-attacks are always dangerous," he told uefa.com.

"They're a technically-gifted team and not easy opponents. But we're playing at home, and we need three points."

Russia currently sit second on the table, equal on points with Republic of Ireland but behind on goals scored and a spot clear of Slovakia, whilst Armenia are two points behind in fourth.

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