Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Basel and Krasnodar face each other at St. Jakob-Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League round 1. Both sides failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. Basel are no longer considered the best team in Switzerland as Young Boys clinched the 2018/2019 Swiss Super League trophy in style, but seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that the RotBlau are going to grab something from their opener.
Krasnodar, on the other hand, did well to beat Porto in the Champions League qualifiers, but Olympiakos proved to be a big catch for the Russian outfit. Anyhow, we believe that Krasnodar are capable of holding Basel to a draw at St. Jakob-Park in their Europa League opener.
Highlighted Player (Silvan Widmer):
Silvan Widmer was born in Aarau, Switzerland on 5 March, 1993 and, as expected, he began his senior career at his home-town club Aarau. He made nine appearances for the reserve team in the 2010/2011 campaign and he played for the first team between 2011 and 2013, scoring 11 goals in 65 league appearances for the club.
The pacey right back, who is capable of playing as a right midfielder and a left back, signed a deal with Udinese in the summer of 2012, but he remained at Aarau until 2013. Silvan Widmer has 15 caps for Switzerland U21 team and he played for the U 19 side in the past as well, scoring three goals in eight appearances for the team.
He made his debut for the senior team on 31 March, 2015, in a 1-1 draw with USA in Zurich. Widmer came as a substitute to replace fellow Serie A footballer Lichtsteiner after 46 minutes. His contract with Udinese expires on 30 June, 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.