Our football match prediction:
Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce will host Wednesday’s football game between Fenerbahce and Krasnodar. The Russian club recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Yellow Canaries in the first leg at Stadion FK Krasnodar, but they have yet to get their job done in the tie against the Turkish outfit. Krasnodar are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the return leg, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of keeping yet another clean sheet in the Europa League knockout stages. Over the year Dick Advocaat’s troops have turned their Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi into a real fortress and we predict that the two teams will go into extra time. Emmanuel Emenike failed to impress in the first leg, but the experienced Nigerian attacker is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Krasnodar. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals were scored in each of Fenerbahce’s last four games in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (van Persie):
After spending three seasons at Feyenoord, Robin van Persie joined Premier League side Arsenal in 2004. The 188-cm-tall forward, who was born on 6 August, 1983 was struggling with injuries during his spell with the capital club, but he impressed in the 2011/2012 Premier League campaign, scoring 30 goals for the Gunners in the national championship. Against all odds, he betrayed Arsenal fans at the end of the season as he signed a deal with Manchester United for a fee of £22.5 million. The Dutch striker 26 goals in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign with the Red Devils and he helped the English giants win the domestic title. However, he failed to impress in the 2014/2015 season and the club chiefs decided to sell him to Fenerbahce on 14 July, 2015. He signed a three-year deal with the Turkish outfit for a fee of £3.84 million and has been playing for Fener ever since. In 2010 he participated in the FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but the Oranje were beaten by Spain in the title game.
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.