Akhisarspor vs Krasnodar
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Spor Toto Akhisar Belediye Stadi (Akhisar).
Akhisar will head into their first ever Europa League match without a manager after parting ways with Safet Susic. The former head coach of the Bosnian national team made a thrilling start to the new season by beating the Super Lig champions Galatasaray in the Super Cup final on penalties.
However, it’s been a one way street downwards for the team ever since. Akigo sit at the very foot of the domestic league standing with just two points from five games so far. The weekend’s 1-0 loss to Ankaragucu was a sign for the alarm bells to ring. Can the hosts turn their fortunes around with the success in the continental competition on Thursday?
It’s really hard to predict such scenario knowing the opposition comes in the likes of Krasnodar. The Bulls have a much greater European experience as they made it to the Europa league group stage in four of past five seasons. They went on to play the knockout stage in two of these.
Akhisarspor vs Krasnodar: Head-to-head
This will be the maiden H2H encounter between the two teams.
Akhisarspor vs Krasnodar: Prediction
Apart from a much greater European experience, the visitors will build their optimism on the most recent set of displays they had put on in the Premier League. Krasnodar won back-to-back domestic affairs against Lokomotiv Moscow and Anzhi netting an impressive six-goal tally in the process.
Akigo allowed eight goals in five Super Lig affairs so far and they might struggle to keep things quiet at the back against such an in-form attacking opposition. We can thus hardly ignore the 2.30 odds offered for the Bulls to grab the spoils on the opening day of the new season.
The alternative pick could be Krasnodar to bag two or more goals at 2.25. The Bulls bagged two or more goals in three of last four Europa League ties and they’ve been much more consistent than their counterparts in the last couple of seasons in their domestic league.
Akhisarspor vs Krasnodar: Bet Tips
• Krasnodar to win @ 2.30 (13/10)
• Krasnodar Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.25 (5/4).