Valencia vs Krasnodar
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Krasnodar made a massive upset by eliminating the likes of Bayer Leverkusen in the previous round. Their stern defensive line held on to concede just one goals in two matches against one of the deadliest attacking lines of Bundesliga. Can it guide them to success once again as the Bulls are looking to take Valencia scalp in the last 16 round?
The Bats obviously come into this as favourites following a significant rise in form at the start of the year. Marcelino’s men got off to a somewhat slow start to the season, but they will head into thus unbeaten in last 11 matches in all competitions. Such fine form brought them back to the race for the top-four finish in La Liga where they are only six points shy of Getafe in fourth place at the moment.
Valencia vs Krasnodar: Head-to-head
Valencia and Krasnodar did not have the opportunity to take on each other in the past.
Valencia vs Krasnodar: Prediction
Marcelino can be thrilled with his men’s recent defensive efforts. Valencia shipped just one goal in past seven games across competitions. They kept two clean sheets in a double header against Scottish champions Celtic in the previous round. The latest of wins came on Sunday evening when the Bats saw off in-form Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at Mestalla.
Krasnodar are doing well in domestic affairs as well this season. They hold the second place in the Premier League standings. However, their fans can be concerned with somewhat weaker performances the team showed on travels in the group stage of Europa League.
The Bulls lost two of three group phase matches against Standard Liege (2-1) and Sevilla (3-0). Given Krasnodar are up against a stronger and in-form opposition in the likes of Valencia, we can only see the home win as the outcome here.
Valencia vs Krasnodar: Bet Tips
Valencia to win @ 1.45 (9/20)
Valencia to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).