On Thursday evening, the Europa League starts in the second round. It comes in the Estadio de Mestalla to the duel between the Valencia Club de Futbol and the FK Krasnodar. The bats have a number of problems this season. After the eleventh match day, the team of coach Marcelino Garcia was only in 15th place, two points before the first relegation rank. In the meantime, the Blanquinegros have caught up a bit and have only twice lost the place in the last 15 league games as losers. With that, the CF climbed to seventh place in the league, only one point away from the international ranks. In the Europa League, Valencia reached the knockout stages against Celtic Glasgow.
Today’s Betting Tips Valencia vs. Krasnodar
The FK Krasnodar prevailed in the EL-round with two draws (0: 0, 1: 1) just against Bayer Leverkusen. In the domestic league, the Bulls are the first pursuers of league leaders Zenit St. Petersburg. Of course, the men of Murad Musaev also want to move into the quarter-finals. If you believe in the duel Valencia vs. Krasnodar the odds of bookmakers, so there is not much for the Russians in the first leg. The odds are clear for Valencia. The betting base also estimates the starting position in a similar fashion and recommends Valencia vs. Krasnodar Spain in the first knockout round tip on “Valencia wins to zero”.
Valencia – Statistics & Current Form
At the beginning of this year, the job of coach Marcelino was on the edge. After 19 matchdays, the Blanquinegros took only eleventh place in the league with just four victories. However, the club’s leadership had spoken at a meeting with club owner Peter Lim in Singapore against dismissal of the coach. Shortly thereafter, the bats were able to celebrate the fifth victory of the season with the 2-1 victory in Vigo and ensure that the coach was back in the saddle. Since then, Valencia has stabilized. The record of the last twelve competitive matches has since stood at six wins, five draws and only one defeat. Overall, the Blanquinegros continue to be in the league with only seven league victories. But you had to take only four bankruptcies. Sunday’s win saw them win 2-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao. For eleven competitive games, the VCF is now unbeaten. With 36 points after 26 games, the European Cup places are again within reach. Sevilla in 6th place is only one meter away.
Last season, Valencia CF qualified fourth in the table for the eleventh time in the Champions League group stage. In Season H with Juventus, Manchester United and the Young Boys Bern, it was enough in the end with two wins, two draws and two defeats but only for third place. Thus, it was for the team of coach Marcelino in the Europa League on. Valencia prevailed in the second round (2-0, 1-0) against Celtic Glasgow. In the Europa League, the bats have been unbeaten for nine home games. Also in the Copa del Rey Valencia is still in the race. Like last year, Valencia will face FC Barcelona. While the Blanquinegros failed in the semifinals of Barca in the 2017/18 season, this time they face the Catalans in the final. In the first leg against Krasnodar on Thursday missing Geoffrey Kondogbia for a ban. Ezequiel Garay and Javier Jiménez are injured. Are too many arguments to make a prediction towards the Spaniards at Valencia – Krasnodar?
Expected formation of Valencia:
➛ Neto – Lato, Diakhaby, Paulista, Piccini – Coquelin, Parejo, Guedes, Soler – Rodrigo, Gameiro
Last matches of Valencia:
⚽ 03.03.2019 – Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao 2: 0 (La Liga)
⚽ 28.02.2019 – Valencia vs. Betis Sevilla 1-0 (Copa del Rey)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – CD Leganés vs. Valencia 1: 1 (La Liga)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Valencia vs. Celtic Glasgow 1: 0 (Europa League)
⚽ 17.02.2019 – Valencia vs. Espanyol Barcelona 0: 0 (La Liga)
Krasnodar – Statistics & Current Form
Since April 2018 Krasnodar is being trained by Murad Musaev. He led the team at the end of the last Premier League season to fourth place. This qualified the Bulls for the fifth time in a row for the European Cup. In the Europa League Group J, the South Russians finished with four wins and two defeats tied with Sevilla in second place. Standard Liege and Akhisar Belediyespor could leave the FK behind. In the second round Krasnodar met the German representative Bayer Leverkusen. In the first leg in Russia, the guests actually had more of the game and especially in the second round better chances. But in the end, both teams parted with a 0-0. Also in the second leg in the BayArena the Bundesliga club was superior over long stretches, but was rarely mandatory in the attack. Krasnodar was more aggressive and courageous in the second encounter with the Werkself. The decision was made by a direct free-kick from Suleymanov, the Leverkusen could only compensate to 1: 1.
There are 18 match days in the domestic Premier League. Krasnodar has 34 points through ten wins, four draws and four defeats. This puts the Bulls only three points behind leaders Zenit St. Petersburg. In the league, the FK won with five wins, two draws and two defeats both home and away from home 17 points. Coach Musaev’s team are waiting for their first competitive win this year. The winter break in Russia came to an end just two weeks ago. In the first national competitive game Krasnodar lost in the Cup with 0: 1 in Rostov. And in the first league match in 2019, the South Russians had to settle for a 1-1 at Spartak Moscow. All in all, FK Krasnodar has been without matches for seven competitive matches. The last success was on 2 December: In the league, the FK Krasnodar won 2-0 at home against Urals. In the European Cup, the bulls are struggling abroad: Of the last ten EL away games only two were won, at Lyngby and Akhisar Belediyespor. There are also two draws and six defeats. On Thursday, the club has to renounce injury due only to Stanislav Kritsyuk.
Expected formation of Krasnodar:
➛ Safonov – Ramirez, Fjoulsen, Martynovic, Petrov – Kabore, Gazinskiy – Wanderson, Pereyra, Suleymanov – Claesson
Last matches of Krasnodar:
⚽ 03.03.2019 – Spartak Moscow Vs. FC Krasnodar 1: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – FC Rostov vs. FC Rostov. FC Krasnodar 1: 0 (Cup)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Leverkusen Vs. FC Krasnodar 1: 1 (Europa League)
⚽ 14.02.2019 – FC Krasnodar vs. Leverkusen 0: 0 (Europa League)
⚽ 06.02.2019 – FC Krasnodar vs. Lokomotiv Moscow 1: 0 (Friendly Match)
Valencia vs. Krasnodar Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Valencia and FK Krasnodar meet for the first time on Thursday. Valencia met already 12x on Russian clubs. The record is seven wins, two draws and three defeats. In Spain, the bats won four times against teams from Russia. Add to that a draw and a defeat. The FK Krasnodar got it in the European Cup already six times to do with Spanish opponents. Two of these matches were won by the Russians, both at home. On the other hand, there were already four defeats. In Spain, the FK won in three games, not a single point.
Valencia vs Krasnodar Our Betting Tips
In the Europa League, the Bulls have been unbeaten in six home games. The last home defeat was in March 2017, against Celta de Vigo. Nonetheless, Valencia have a good starting position for the difficult second leg at home in the first leg. The Sevilla FC lost the EL group match in Southern Russia last October with 1: 2. If you look at the shape of the last few weeks, then the home side are just favorites. Also the home advantage and the Kaderstärke speak for the Spaniards.
Key facts – Valencia vs Krasnodar tips
➛ Valencia have been undefeated for eleven competitive matches
➛ Krasnodar has been waiting for seven games for a win
➛ The FK has already appeared three times in the European Cup in Spain and lost all three games
In the first leg duel, the bookmakers’ odds are clearly on the hosts. We also believe that Valencia will go into the return leg with a win. With up to 1.45 the betting odds for a simple victory of the Blanquinegros are quite low. Instead, we are betting on the Valencia vs Krasnodar match, our tip on “Valencia wins to zero”. The bats have been unbeaten in nine EL home games. Valencia have all won their last six games and only had to concede two goals. Valencia have conceded six goals in their last seven competitive matches.
At the Valencia vs Krasnodar match should also be a good alternative on “Under 2.5 goals”. In each of the hosts’ last six games, this value has not been exceeded. Also in five of the last six games of Krasnodar fell under 2.5 goals. In the last five competitive games of the FK scored a total of only two goals.
Betting Tips: Valencia wins to zero