Fenerbahce vs Krasnodar
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 22 February 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Everyone knows how intimidating the atmosphere can be at Fenerbahce’s home, but at the end of the day, there is only so much that the fans can do. Dick Advocaat and his men need to get their act together, find solutions to the on-field problems that have been plaguing them since late January, or else, it’s game over for them in this season’s UEFA Europa League. Martin Skrtel is back after missing the game in Krasnodar due to suspension. It remains to be seen if Robin van Persie will be used. It’s a common secret that things between him and Advocaat are not exactly ideal. The only players missing for sure, are the ones who have been excluded from Fenerbahce’s Europa League list, namely Slovakian winger Miroslav Stoch.
Krasnodar’s coach, Igor Shalimov, has all his players at his disposal, and, unlike Fenerbahce who had a Turkish Championship game during the weekend, he and his guys had the privilege to spend the last days focusing exclusively on what will be the biggest game of the season so far for them, the one in Istanbul. Krasnodar can make history against Fenerbahce, qualifying for the first time in their history to the last 16 of a major international competition. Despite not having played a single official game since early December due to Russia’s long winter break, last week at home they looked ready enough to get the job done against Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce vs Krasnodar: Head-to-head Stats
Last week’s clash at Krasnodar, which saw the Russian team get a narrow but precious 1-0 win, was the first ever between the two clubs.
Fenerbahce vs Krasnodar: Prediction
This may look irrational to many, possibly most of you, given that this is Fenerbahce we are talking about, playing at home, in front of tens of thousands of passionate fans, but… if you have a hunch, you have to go with that. Krasnodar may be a relatively unknown team, lacking experience at this level, and coming from a two and a half months’ period during which they played only one official game, the one against Fenerbahce last week, but… someone’s hunch says that not only they will qualify, but they won’t even lose this game, scoring a goal in the first half, and leaving Istanbul with at least a draw.
Fenerbahce vs Krasnodar: Tips
Looking at the odds offered by betting companies, a “Krasnodar or Draw” pays much better than a straightforward Fenerbahce win, which perfectly matches the hunch the author of these lines has about this game. Both teams to score pays equally well. For crazy earnings, “Krasnodar – Draw” for halftime/full time is worth the risk. If Krasnodar score first and early, Fenerbahce will need three goals (without conceding more) to qualify, but even if hope is totally lost in the last 10-15 minutes, they should still do their best to at least avoid defeat and save some face.