Krasnodar vs Valencia
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar (Krasnodar).
Things look much better for Valencia and their fans thanks to a bright start to the year. They were one of the biggest disappointments of the first half of the season in La Liga, but Marcelino look to have finally found the winning formula.
The Bats climbed up to 7th place in La Liga and are just six points shy of Getafe in fourth, meaning Champions League football is still achievable for them in the remaining part of the campaign. As far as cup competitions are concerned, Valencia are doing just fine. They made it to the Copa del Rey final and they are on the best way to advance to the Europa League quarter-final as well.
The Bats have a 2-1 advantage from the first leg of their last 16 round tie against Russian Krasnodar. Can they defend it on Thursday evening at Stadion FK Krasnodar?
Krasnodar vs Valencia: Head-to-head
The two sides did not have the opportunity to play each other in the past.
Valencia bagged a 2-1 victory in the first game seven days ago at Estadio de Mestalla.
Krasnodar vs Valencia: Prediction
Valencia are unbeaten in last 13 matches in all competitions. The rock-solid defense was the biggest reason for such streak, but we have to say the Bats did exceptionally well at the opposite end in last two affairs. They notched five goals in last two games against Krasnodar (2-1) and Girona (a 2-3 victory on the road on Sunday).
Krasnodar are one of the most pleasant surprises of the Russian Premier League where they hold the second place after 19 rounds. They proved strength by eliminating the likes of Bayer Leverkusen thanks to an away goal rule in the previous round (1-1 on aggregate).
The team led by Murad Musaev won each of three group stage matches on the home patch. They have already defeated Spanish opposition in the process (a 2-1 victory over Sevilla). Overall, Krasnodar won five and drew one of last six Europa League outings in their own backyard. Five of these six ties saw goals scored at both ends. Since Valencia will come into this off the back of a 2-3 victory in La Liga, we have to try with the both teams to score bet at 1.75 odds.
Krasnodar vs Valencia: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.75 (3/4)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).