FC Krasnodar vs Fenerbahce
UEFA Europa League – Round of 32 , 1st leg
Date: Thursday, 16th February 2017
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Krasnodar Stadium.
FC Krasnodar finished second in their group despite managing just 7 points from their 6 matches. It was two wins against Salzburg and Nice in their first two matches that helped them go this far. They ended the group stage failing to win the last four matches.
The Russian side reached the round of 32 of the Europa League in the 2015/16 edition as well. They were eliminated by Sparta Praha on a 4-0 aggregate.
Fenerbahce topped their group getting better of the Premier League giants Manchester United by 1 point. Their stats in the group stage this season is 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. The lone defeat came against the Red Devils at the Old Trafford, while the draw was against Ukrainian outfit FC Zorya Luhansk.
Fenerbahce is coached by former Dutchman Dick Advocaat, who has won the Europa League in 2007/08 season with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
In the 2015/16 Europa League, Fenerbachce were knocked out of the round of 32 by the Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow on a 3-1 aggregate.
FC Krasnodar vs Fenerbahce: Head-to-head stats
The teams are meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition. This will be also, FC Krasnodar’s first clash with a club from Turkey.
Fenerbahce’s record against Russian clubs is 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 6 matches. They haven’t won at Russia in three visits; 2 Draws and 1 Loss.
FC Krasnodar vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
Fenerbahce have found the going tough in away matches this season. Their record in the group stages of the current campaign is 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss. Moreover, they were only able to pick 1 win from their last 4 away matches in all competitions.
Krasnodar are an inexperienced side, but they will have a slight advantage as they are playing in familiar conditions at home. Moreover, European away trips to Russia are always a tricky affair for many quality sides. Therefore, this tie will be ultimately decided in the second leg and there are strong chances of the first leg ending in a scored draw.
We will recommend you to look into the goal markets rather than picking an outright winner. Fener have scored in 17 of their 19 away games in all competitions this season and Krasnodar in 15 of their 16 home games. So, both teams to score will be the best pick for this fixture.
FC Krasnodar vs Fenerbahce: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1/1 (2.00).