Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Nice failed to make it to the last 32 of the Europa League. Les Aiglons have already suffered four defeats in the process and only their pride will be at stake in Thursday’s football game against Krasnodar. Over the years Nice have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress and it has to be noted that they head into the Europa League match following a 3-0 win over Toulouse in national championship. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Salzburg Krasnodar booked their spot in the last 32, meaning that coach Igor Shalimov should use Thursday’s clash to rest his first-team regulars. Anyhow, we predict that fans will see goals galore at Allianz Riviera as both teams have been impressive in front of goal of late. When the two teams faced each other at Stadion Kuban in the reverse fixture Krasnodar rolled over Nice 5-2 and we are positive that both teams will find the net in their final group game.
Highlighted Player (Dante):
Dante is a left-footed defender who was born in Salvador, Brazil on 18 October, 1983. The 189-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a left back as well, started his senior career at Juventude. After making 53 appearances for the club between 2002 and 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Lille. He played for Belgian sides Charleroi and Standard from 2006 to 2009 and on 27 December, 2008 he signed a contract with Borussia M’gladbach for an undisclosed fee. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign he moved to Bayern Munich at the end of the season and it has to be noted that he scored three goals in 83 league appearances for FCB. In 2015 he signed a contract with fellow Bundesliga team Wolfsburg and he played 24 league games for the Wolves in the 2015/2016 season. In 2013 he won the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich and he lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil the same year.
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.