Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction & Match Preview

FC Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar, Krasnodar

Bayer Leverkusen will look to transfer their excellent Bundesliga form onto the European stage when they travel to FC Krasnodar for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday (kick-off 6:55pm CET/5:55pm GMT/12:55pm ET).

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Three successive league wins – in which they have scored 11 goals – have propelled the Werkself back into the top six of the Bundesliga in recent weeks. The form of young midfielders Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz in particular has been central to Bayer’s improvement under new head coach Peter Bosz: Brandt has been directly involved in six goals in his last three league appearances, while Havertz’s goal in Friday’s 5-1 triumph at Mainz took him to eight for the season – more than he managed in the previous two campaigns combined. Bosz has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Russia, although the Dutchman will once again have to make do without captain Lars Bender, who is struggling with a thigh problem.

Krasnodar are without former Fortuna Düsseldorf and Nuremberg left-back Cristian Ramirez, who was sent off in their 3-0 group-stage defeat to Sevilla in December – the Russian club’s last competitive outing prior to a winter break which ends at the start of March. Midfielder Yury Gazinsky, who has played every minute of the hosts’ Europe League campaign so far, also misses out after picking up his third yellow card of the tournament in Spain. Former Arsenal player Kristoffer Olsson, who joined Krasnodar from AIK in January, is eligible to play.

FC Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head

The sides have never met beforehand and now look for historic success over the rivals. Krasnodar have proven their character at this ground on many occasions already. Bayer Leverkusen come as slight favourites but have a lot to prove as they want to deny the home side – something Sevilla, Standard Liege, and Akhisarspor all failed to do.

Match stats:

Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last five games against Russian clubs in Europe.
The Werkself have lost only two of their last ten European away games (W4 D4).
Leverkusen scored 10 goals in their three away games in the group stage.
In the Bundesliga, Bayer have won more points on the road (17) than at home (16) this season.
The Russian Premier League’s second-placed side have lost five of their six games against German opposition, their only victory coming against Borussia Dortmund in the 2015/16 Europa League group stage.
Krasnodar left-back Ramirez made 23 Bundesliga 2 appearances for Düsseldorf and Nuremberg between 2013 and 2015.

Probable line-ups:

Krasnodar: Kritsyuk – Petrov, Martynovich (c), Fjoluson, Stotskiy – Olsson, Kabore, Pereyra – Wanderson, Ari, Claesson
Doubtful: –
Out: Ramirez, Gazinsky (both suspended)
Coach: Oleg Fomenko

Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Havertz, Aranguiz, Brandt – Bellarabi, Volland (c), Bailey
Doubtful: –
Out: L. Bender (thigh), Pohjanpalo (ankle), Retsos (thigh)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Preview:

Krasnodar have lost all their meetings but only had a single victory with Germans while Bayer is unbeaten in the last 5 fixtures and has lost just 2 of their last 10 European away fixtures.

Prediction: Bet Bayer Leverkusen to win

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Duisburg vs Darmstadt Predictions and Match Preview

Duisburg vs Darmstadt
Germany- 2. Bundesliga.
Date: Friday, 1st February 2019.
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena (Duisburg).

When two teams at the bottom half of the table are going against each other it is quite hard to predict an exact result. The Zebras are on a 4 match losing streak in the league and are the low scoring teams with 16 goals. No wonder they are in the relegation zone after losing 11 of their 18 league matches. More than 2.5 goals came in those 4 previous matches and they have scored only 3 goals in all those matches. At home also they are on a 3 match losing run withal those games having a total score with over 2.5 goals. They have conceded in 6 of their last 7 competitive matches in front of their home crowd. The team from Duisburg needs to improve their form at home for starters if they wish to stay at this level in the next season too. The visitors are also without a win in their 6 previous matches on the row. More than 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of their previous 7 matches across all venues. They fail to secure points ion away games too, as they are winless in 7 matches on the road. Five of them were defeats against stronger opposition.

The Lillies are just 6 points above their opponents for Thursday, but in terms of recent form, they both almost equal. After a disappointing 6-2 away defeat to Paderborn, Dirk Schuster’s side has a chance to get some points against the Zebras.

Team News

Duisburg:

Kevin Wolze should switch to the right of the back-four to replace the suspended Andreas Wiegel.
Young-Jae Seo challenges Enis Hajiri for the spot at left-back.
Stanislav Iljutcenko and John Verhoek return from their one-match bans and provide further options in attacking positions.

Darmstadt:

Tim Rieder and Sandro Sirigu compete for the spot at right-back.
Tobias Kempe challenges Marvin Mehlem for the spot in attacking midfield.
Otherwise, manager Dirk Schuster is unlikely to make any unforced changes.

Duisburg vs Darmstadt: Head-to-head (h2h):

The Lillies have won 4 of the last 5 h2h matches against this opposition.
They have never failed to score against the Zebras in any of their competitive clashes.
In 4 of those 5 games between these two sides, the final score had more than 2.5 goals.
Darmstadt has won both the h2h matches held here against the hosts.
Both those matches at this venue had over 2.5 goals at the full time.

Duisburg vs Darmstadt: Prediction

The home team has conceded in 6 of their 7 recent games in front of their own fans. Lillies have also given away goals in all their 7 previous matches away from home too. So based on both their poor defensive track record, we can bet on both sides to score with 1.80 odds.

Darmstadt has won both the h2h matches against the hosts at this ground. They have dominated against this opposition in all previous h2h meetings too. Also since the Zebras are on a 4 match losing streak, we can bet on a Double chance for a draw or away team to win with 1.66 odds.

Bet Darmstadt  AH (0)  Odds 2.1

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