Krasnodar vs Akhisarspor
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
Eleven minutes before added time would start counting, Krasnodar were with their back against the wall. They were losing 0-1 at home to Standard Liege, and were getting left third in the group table, three points behind both Standard and Sevilla. Three minutes later, just three little minutes later, they were leading 2-1, a lead they protected until the final whistle. All this, three weeks ago. Krasnodar are leading the group on nine points, as many as Sevilla, whom, though, they have beaten 2-1 in Russia (and will be visiting in two weeks). Most probably, Krasnodar will be – again – without their regular goalkeeper, Stanislav Kritsyuk. Attacking midfielder Viktor Claesson is doubtful, and so are right-back Sergey Petrov and central midfielder Pavel Mamaev. According to reports, the Russian side will start the game with Safonov, Petrov, Martynovich, Spajic, Ramirez, Pereyra, Kaboré, Gazinskiy, Wanderson, Ari and Stotskiy. Last weekend they beat Arsenal Tula 3-0 at home. They are second in Russia’s championship, five points behind leaders Zenit.
No point from four matches, four defeats, three goals scored, 12(!) conceded, these are Akhisarspor’s poor numbers in this group campaign. With two matches left, they are already eliminated, mathematically. They are nine whole points behind second-placed Sevilla, a gap impossible to close. Their realistic target at this point is to finish the group campaign with at least one point, and, even better, a victory. Center-backs Dany Nounkeu and Mustafa Yumlu, as well as central midfielder Hasan Ali Adiguzel, all three are out, injured. Especially the first two will be missed. The Turkish side are expected to start with Lukac, Lopes, Sissoko, Osmanpasa, Vural, Ceviker, Vrsajevic, Josué, Ayik, Manu and Barbosa. Last weekend they lost 2-4 at home to Bursaspor. They are 16th(!) in Turkey’s championship, below the relegation line.
Previous five matches:
Krasnodar vs Arsenal Tula 3-0
Krasnodar vs Yenisey 3-0
Krasnodar vs Standard Liege 2-1
Krasnodar vs Rostov 2-2
Krylya Sovetov vs Krasnodar 1-2
Akhisarspor vs Bursaspor 2-4
Antalyaspor vs Akhisarspor 1-2
Akhisarspor vs Sevilla 2-3
Akhisarspor vs BB Erzurumspor 1-1
Akhisarspor vs Göztepe 1-0
Krasnodar’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Ural (Russia championship). Akhisarspor will be visiting Yeni Malatyaspor on Monday (Turkey championship).
Krasnodar vs Akhisarspor: Head to head Stats
Krasnodar have never hosted Akhisarspor before.
Krasnodar vs Akhisarspor: Prediction
Any other result but a Krasnodar win would be a massive surprise.
Krasnodar vs Akhisarspor: Betting Tips
Given that Krasnodar’s win is not paying more than 1.16, I would risk combining it with “over 3.5 goals”. Like that, it pays 2.40.