Our football match prediction:
Crvena zvezda failed to win the domestic trophy last season, but they have been producing outstanding displays in all competitions ever since coach Vladan Milojevic took over the reins. The “Crveno-beli” have outclassed the likes of Floriana, Irtysh and Sparta Prague on their way to the Europa League play-offs, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the two-legged tie against big-spending Krasnodar. Key midfielder Jovicic suffered a serious injury in a 3-0 win over Cukaricki in the national championship and we predict that he is going to be sorely missed in Thursday’s football match at Stadion FK Krasnodar. The Russian side rolled over Lyngby of Denmark in round 3 and they head into the game against Crvena zvezda following a 3-2 win over Akhmat Grozny in the Russian Premier League. Taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon in this one.
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.