Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Sevilla will be aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Standard when they host Krasnodar at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Seeing that Standard take on rock-bottom Akhisarspor in their last group game, this has to go down as a must-win match for los Sevillanos. The La Liga side have been impressive at home ground in the Europa League this term and we predict that they are going to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition with a win over Krasnodar. The Russian side sit in top position in the standings ahead of Thursday’s football match and they should advance to the next phase even in case of defeat at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. A man to watch in the home team will be Portuguese attacker Andre Silva, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland.
At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague.
During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
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.