Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Valencia take on Krasnodar at their Estadio de Mestalla in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Los Che eliminated Celtic in the last 32 without any difficulties and they are widely expected to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The La Liga side are on a six-game winning run at home in the Europa League and seeing that they have been in a fine form in the second half of the season, home win should be considered. Krasnodar did well to beat Bayer Leverkusen in previous round, but it has to be noted that they were more than unfortunate not to suffer a loss in the return leg at BayArena. The Russians are not regarded as good travelers and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Valencia’s party at Estadio de Mestalla.
Highlighted Player (Aymen Abdennour):
Aymen Abdennour is a professional football player who was born on 6 August, 1989 in Sousse, Tunisia. Abdennour started his youth career at Etoile du Sahel and he continued playing for the senior team. After making 33 league appearances for the club, the powerful centre-back joined Toulouse in 201 and he played for les Pitchouns until 2014. In 2014 he signed a loan deal with Monaco and the club chiefs soon made the deal permanent.
Aymen Abdennour played for les Rouges et Blancs in the 2014/2015 Ligue 1 campaign and at the end of the season he moved to Spain, signing a five-year deal with Valencia. Abdennour was the captain of the Tunisia under 21 team in the past and nowadays he plays regularly for the senior team.
He scored his first goal for Tunisia in a 5-0 win over Chad in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 5 June, 2011. Abdennour is a centre back, but he can be used as a full back as well.
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.