Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following back-to-back wins over Akhisarspor and Sevilla, Krasnodar suffered a 2-1 loss to Standard Liege in their last group game in the Europa League. The Russian side aim to return to winning ways as a victory over Standard will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Krasnodar undisputedly produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that they defeated Sevilla in front of home fans, we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. The Belgian side did not kick off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team suffering a heavy 5-1 loss to Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but they did well to beat Akhisarspor and Krasnodar in front of home fans. However, it is well known that Standard struggle on the travels, which is the main reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Christian Cueva):
Christian Cueva is a Peru international who was born in Trujillo (Peru) on November 23, 1991. Cueva is a produce of Universidad San Martin football school and he continued playing for the club at senior level. After scoring 19 goals in 120 appearances for the club (league matches) the 169-cm tall attacking midfielder moved to Universidad Cesar Vallejo in 2012.
Due to the lack of first-team football, Christian Cueva quickly left the club, signing a deal with Union Espanola. The Peru international played for the likes of Rayo Vallecano (loan), Allianza Lima, Toluca and Sao Paulo as well before joining Russian side Krasnodar in 2018. Christian Cueva has established himself as one of the key players of the Peruvian national team and it is well known that he represented los Incas at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Nonetheless, despite beating Australia in their last group game, Peru eventually failed to book their place in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament in Russia.
Highlighted Team (St Liege):
Standard are a Belgian football club based in Liege. The club was founded back in 1898 and 11 years later they joined Belgian First League. Les Rouches (the Reds) immediately dropped to the lower leagues, but in 1921 they returned to the Belgian top flight. Standard won their first Belgian League trophy in 1958, but you should have in mind that they were level on points with second-placed Royal Antwerp.
In 2009 the Reds clinched their tenth domestic title, beating Anderlecht in the title game. Talented midfielder Axel Witsel scored the winner for Standard in the 1-0 triumph over their bitter rivals. Standard play their home games at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, the venue that was opened in 1909. The capacity of the stadium is 30 023.
Maurice Dufrasne was the club’s chairman from 1909 until 1931. Speaking of the club’s European success, Standard participated in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1982, losing to La Liga giants Barcelona in the title game.