Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Chelsea will be looking to cement top position in Group E when they host Krasnodar at their Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Thanks to a 4-0 win over Sevilla the Blues clinched first place in their group, meaning that boss Frank Lampard will use this match to rest several first-team regulars. Anyhow, regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, the in-form hosts should pick up all three points from the match.
Krasnodar, on the other hand, booked their place in the Europa League last 32 thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rennes. Since the Russian side have nothing to play for in their last group game, we predict that Frank Lampard’s troops will extend their winning run in the elite competition to five games. The bad news for the hosts is that summer signing Ziyech suffered an injury in a 3-1 win over Leeds United at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Timo Werner):
Timo Werner is a German starlet, who began his senior career at Vfb Stuttgart. The German forward, who was born in Stuttgart on March 6, 1996, scored 13 goals in 95 appearances in the league for Die Schwaben and in 2016 he moved to fellow Bundesliga side Leipzig and he impressed with the Red Bulls in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign, scoring 21 goals in the process.
To make things even better for the talented attacker, he represented Germany at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and it has to be noted that he provided an assist for Lars Stindl in the title game. Despite the fact that coach Joachim Low rested star players at the tournament in Russia, the Germans eventually won the trophy.
Timo Werner played for the Germany U17 team as well and he won the silver medal with die Mannschaft at the 2012 UEFA European Championship. His main position is centre forward, but he is used as a winger as well. Timo Werner’s contract with Leipzig should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Krasnodar):
Krasnodar are one of several Russian clubs that were founded in the 21st century (2008). The Byki were promoted to the Russian Premier League in 2011 and they were playing under Serbian tactician Slavoljub Muslin back then. Krasnodar finished the 2014/2015 season in third place in the standings and that is regarded as the club’s biggest success.
The club’s biggest rivals are Kuban Krasnodar and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the local derby. The Bulls participated in the 2015/2016 Europa League group stages and it has to be noted that they managed to beat star-studded Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in front of home fans.
However, they failed to make life difficult for Sparta Prague in the last 32, losing 4-0 to the Czech outfit on aggregate. Krasnodar play their home matches at Krasnodar Stadium, the venue that was built in 2016. The capacity of the stadium is 33,000.