FK Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen / Europa League – This is one of the most interesting duels in the sixteen round of Europa League, because Krasnodar has a great season on all fronts, while Bayer has failed a little bit. Krasnodar went on a winter break from the second position, they are playing the Cup quarterfinals, and were good in Europa League. Bayer was eliminated from the Cup and they have failed quite a bit in the championship, but they are slowly waking up and are playing better and better. They have easily passed the group stage of Europa League, and this will be the first mutual duel between Krasnodar and Bayer.
FK Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen begins 14.02.2019 at 18:55 CET
The biggest problem for Krasnodar is that they are not in competitive form because the Russian championship is still on break. The first part of the season could not have been better for Krasnodar, considering that they spent the winter on a great second place. They only have one point less than the leading Zenit, and they could have been the leaders if they have not played a draw in the last duel with Ufa at home. They are without a defeat in the previous six rounds and they lost only four championship duels, each time with only one goal difference.
In the Cup they reached the quarterfinals and in the first round they played a draw with Rostov, so they will still have a hard job in rematch. They made four wins in in a group stage of Europa League, which was enough to pass in the sixteen finals, so their defeat in Sevilla with 3-0 in the last round did not mean anything. They brought midfielder Olsson during the winter break, while Ramirez and Gazinsky are not able to perform due to suspension.
Probable lineups FK Krasnodar: Kritsyuk – Petrov, Martynovich, Spajić, Stotskiy – Kabore, Pereyra – Wanderson, Claesson, Ari – Ignatjev
Bayer was not in the best form in the first part of the season, but it did seem a lot better in the second, though they lost again in front of their fans to Borussia M'gladbach, while they were also eliminated from the Cup. Heidelberg has eliminated them with 2-1, after which Bayer returned to great games, and they managed to celebrate with 5-1 against Mainz as guests. It was their third consecutive victory in the championship after they celebrated in Wolfsburg with 3-0 and against Bayern with 3-1 at home after a turnover.
It seemed as if they were emotionally exhausted and perhaps they were defeated in the Cup, but in Mainz they demonstrated strength. Already after the first half they managed 4: 1 and thus solved the question of the winner. Brandt and Bellarabi were blazing, who scored goals and assists, but others played the top match. The strongest team was practically on the field, except for the injured L.Bender, so Weiser had to cover the right back. Even Havertz was playing, and it is difficult to tell if coach Bosz will make some changes now, but Baumgartlinger and Alario could jump as refreshments in attack.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S.Bender, Wendell – Baumgartlinger, Havertz – Brandt, Bauley, Bellarabi – Alario
FK Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen PICK
Krasnodar has showed strength in the first part of the season, while it is now difficult to say in what form they really are. Still, they are at home and are certainly in a position to play a good match, primarily in attack. On the other hand, Bayer is in great mood, which means that this could be an efficient duel.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.82 at betsson (down to 1.72 can be played)
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