Krasnodar vs Red Star Belgrade
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar.
Eight wins in a row for Belgrade’s Red Star. After such an amazing streak, they are leaving for Krasnodar in a high spirit for the final test prior to the beginning of the UEFA Europe League.
After defeating Lyngby with a combined score of 5 – 2, Krasnodar is meeting Crvena Zvezda for the first play-offs match. The next two games are the only thing standing between them and the Europe League, and they are sure to give their best to come out as winners. On average, they have scored 2.5 goals per game. Their top scorer so far in the Qualifications has been Pereyra with two goals.
Their performance in the Russian Premier League has not been bad so far, but it hasn’t been great either. Their most recent match when they hosted Amkar ended in a 1 – 1 draw, even though they had been favourites. But, this can be accounted to their focusing on the Europe League Qualifications.
Red Star Belgrade
The Belgrade team appears to be in a great shape – they haven’t lost a game since May. They are on a fantastic streak, 8 consecutive wins. Seven of the eight wins were gained while keeping clean sheets.
Their latest absolute victory against Sparta Praha brought them one step closer to the Europe League. They have never failed to score so far in the Qualifications when playing away. Their top scorers are Boakye and Srnic, with 2 goals each.
Their most recent match was in Serbian Super Liga and they won 3 – 1, thus ending the clean-sheets-streak. On the match prior to this one, the coach paired Boakye and Pesic, their top scorer in the league, which is rather unusual. So, that might have been some strategy testing for the upcoming game against Krasnodar.
Krasnodar vs Red Star Belgrade: Head to head
This is going to be the first time the two teams meet.
Krasnodar vs Red Star Belgrade: Prediction
If Red Star doesn’t lose their lucky charm, they should be able to score at least a goal. Should that be the case, Krasnodar is normally going to put up a strong resistance, and the match then is not supposed to end with less than 3 goals in total.
Krasnodar vs Red Star Belgrade: Bet Tips
Total goals by away team over 0.5 @ 1.68 – Unibet
Total goals over 2.5 @ 2.06 – Unibet.