Foot Predictions shows Thursday’s Europa League clash between FC Krasnodar and Dinamo Zagreb, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
The last remaining Russian team faces the only Croatian team as FC Krasnodar host Dinamo Zagreb in the knockout stages of Europa League Thursday night for the first time in its history.
Krasnodar have won their last four home matches without conceding a goal, while Zagreb are unbeaten in their last seven away matches.
Krasnodar’s inaugural Champions League match ended abruptly in December, when they finished third in Group E, behind Chelsea and Sevilla, and fell to the Europa League.
The Russian side were never close to progressing in Europe’s elite competition, as they completed the group with just one win and two draws in six games, finishing Sevilla eight points in second place.
Since the 1-0 home win over FC Ufa in mid-December, Murad MusayevThe team did not play an official match, as the Russian league took its annual winter break. Krasnodar returns to the competition later this week when they face PFC Sochi for the Russian Cup, sandwiched between games with Dinamo Zagreb.
In the meantime, the Bulls played seven friendlies against Russian opponents, winning four times and scoring ten goals in the process.
Krasnodar, who have never faced Croatian opponents in Europe, won just one of their 10 games in the Europa League qualifiers, a 1-0 win over Fenerbahçe in the first leg in February 2017.
However, the Bulls’ victory on Thursday would put them one step closer to advancing to the Europa League round of 16 for the third time in the past five years.
Dinamo Zagreb took advantage of this season’s Europa League competition after moving on to the knockout stage, finishing at the top of Group K, four points ahead of Wolfsberger from Austria.
After opening the group campaign with two goalless draws, the “Blues” won four consecutive victories, scoring nine goals in the process.
Zoran MamicThe team’s team ended with 14 points, equaling the total accumulated in 2018-19, and is one of only six teams that remain undefeated in the competition this season.
Goalkeeper zagreb Dominik Livakovic kept four games without conceding goals in the Europa League, which can only be matched by Hoffenheim stopper Oliver Baumann and the Croatian suffered only once, the lowest in the competition.
The Blues have lost just two of the last 17 Europa League games – winning 11 and drawing the other four – however, both defeats came in the knockout stage, losing 2-1 to Viktoria Plzen in February 2019 and 3- 0 for Benfica in March. 2019.
A win away from home in Russia would lead Dynamo to record five consecutive wins in European competition for the first time.
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Krasnodar will be without Dmitri Stotskiy, Cristian Ramirez and Kaio who are all suffering from knee injuries while experienced in attack Ari it is also not available with a hamstring problem.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Remy Cabella, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in December, should start in a central role, behind the 34-year-old striker and Swedish top scorer Marcus Berg.
Iranian side Sadegh Moharrami is Dinamo Zagreb’s only injury in Thursday’s game.
Mislav Orsic, who scored his 11th goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Osijek last weekend, should keep his spot on the starting lineup on the left, with Lirim Kastrati set to display on the opposite flank.
Possible starting lineup for FC Krasnodar:
Safonov; Smolnikov, Martynovich, Sorokin, Chernov; Gazinskiy, Vilhena; Wanderson, Cabella, Claesson; Berg
Possible initial lineup of Dinamo Zagreb:
Livakovic; Stojanovic, Theophile-Catherine, Gvardiol, Leovac; Jakic, Ademi; Kastrati, Majer, Orsic; Gavranovic
Probability: FC Krasnodar 1-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Both Krasnodar and Zagreb have been struggling to move into the final stages of European competition after moving from the group stage, so both teams hope to keep this tie alive and achieve a positive result for the second leg.
With little to separate the two teams, we can see a draw being played on Thursday night when a close match is expected.
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