Bayer Leverkusen vs Krasnodar
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: BayArena (Leverkusen).
Krasnodar held on to a goalless draw in the first leg of their R32 tie with German Bayer Leverkusen.
Can they keep things tight at the back in the reverse fixture seven days later at BayArena?
It will no doubts be a very challenging task for the Russians as Die Werkself took Bayern Munich scalp in recent home clash in Bundesliga.
Bayer generally started the year in a super string fashion as four consecutive wins helped them climb up to 5th place in the elite class ladder.
The team led by Peter Bosz is now only five points shy of RB Leipzig at 4th place meaning they can still challenge Champions League spot for the next season in spite of a slower kick off to the season.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Krasnodar: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two teams.
Bayer Leverkusen were the dominant side on the pitch in the first leg in Russia, but they failed to convert as it ended with no goals.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Krasnodar: Prediction
Krasnodar enjoyed a strong Premier League campaign in the first half of the season. They are only one point shy of table-toppers Zenit after 21 rounds of the competition. Their domestic campaign will not be continued before late-February which could be handicap ahead of the trip to Leverkusen.
The team led by Murad Muasev generally produced strong defensive efforts both at home and on the road so far in the season. Krasnodar only allowed seven goals in eight away matches in Russian Premier League. They came second in a challenging Europa League group with Sevilla and Standard Liege.
Moving forward, Krasnodar had a series of strong tests in mid-season friendlies which saw them keep three straight clean sheets in wins over New England, Malmo and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Leverkusen saw off Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 on Sunday. We expect another tight affair with the visitors likely parking the bus once again. Bayer’s clean sheet is thus well worth backing at the odds of 2.20.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Krasnodar: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.37 (11/8)
Bayer Leverkusen to keep a clean sheet @ 2.20 (6/5).