Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Arhisarspor will be aiming to put an end to their poor run of results when they take on Krasnodar in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Turkish side aim to impress on their Europa League debut and, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Elvis Manu, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Krasnodar failed to make it to the Europa League group stages last season as they were beaten by Serbian side Crvena zvezda in the qualifiers. The Russian outfit, though, did well to book their place in the group stages this time out and they are certainly eager to prove their worth. Krasnodar are more of a team than Arhisarspor in our opinion and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash.
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.