Valencia will face Krasnodar at Estadio de Mestalla, in Valencia, in the Europa League 1/8-Finals. Valencia against Krasnodar is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Valencia this year showing great defensive skills and now stands at the 7th position in LaLiga and 1 point difference with Sevilla. They have some problems in the game, they need to strengthen their attack and start fighting for the wins, not for draws. This season they played 15 times in draw and won twice fewer. Valencia looks very confident while playing at home with unbeaten series since November in 15 matches in a row in all competitions. Valencia took only 3rd position in Champions League’s group stage, that is because they were promoted to Europa League. In 1/16 EL Final, they easily won in 2 matches against Celtic without any conceded goal.
Only E. Garay will be absent during the next game against Krasnodar. All other main squad players are fit and ready to fight for going further in this important tournament.
Valencia this season is great at counter attacks, attacking set pieces and creating scoring chances. However, they are weak at finishing scoring chances, aerial duels, defending against long shots and skillful players.
Krasnodar is back from the season break and have not started to play their best football. In Russian Premier League, they are in the second place with 3 points difference between them and Zenit Petersburg, however, they can’t win 4 matches in a row. Most interesting that they left behind Bayer Leverkusen in two draws by scoring a goal in away match. With the next opponent that will be harder, as they have a great form at home.
In total, Krasnodar scored 2 goals in 4 matches and won none of the matches. In Europa League on average, they score 1.1 goals per match, pass with 80.2% accuracy and control 50.4the % of the time. Moreover, they collected 17 yellow and 1 red card. Krasnodar shows strengths this season at finishing scoring chances, attacking down the wings and protecting the lead. However, they are really weak at stopping opponents from creating chances, avoiding offside and defending counter attacks.
These teams have never met before.
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