Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-0 win over Admira in their last Bundesliga clash, Salzburg take on Krasnodar in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Red Bulls failed to make it to the Champions League group stages, but they are certainly capable of recording a good result in the Europa League. Salzburg, though, are on a four-game losing run in the competition and it remains to be seen if they are capable of putting an end to the negative trend. Their first rivals Krasnodar eliminated Partizani of Albania in the play-offs, but Salzburg are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Russian outfit than their previous rivals. Igor Shalimov’s men have been totally out of form in the Russian Premier League of late and they extended their winless run to four games at the weekend. Taking everything into account, we predict that Salzburg are going to emerge triumphant in their Europa League opener.
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.