Krasnodar v Valencia: Preview

Valencia takes away goal after a 2-1 first-leg in Spain against Kuban Krasnodar needing a win to reach their first ever Europa League (EL) quarter-finals.

Kransnodor are on a poor recent form though and are winless in eight games (D5, L3) across all competitions with five games without a clean sheet.

Eight of their last ten games has seen them score less than 2.5 goals in a match with four of the last five games conceding in the matches and conceding.

However the Russian side are yet to lose at home in this EL campaign (W3, D1) with a win over Sevilla during the group stage averaging atleast two goals per game, while they also accumulated an average of 1.47 expected goals for.

Murad Musayev’s  side have a better home record of W2, L1, against Spanish visitors in their European encounters.

Valencia

Valencia come into this one after drawing two and winning once in the last three European outings away from home (D2, L1), before winning at Celtic in the round of 32.

Los Che havê been on a 13 game unbeaten run in all competitions with 4 wins in a row while taking the lead in the last 6 games.

Given that Valencia have opened the scoring in more than half of their league and continental matches this season, the fact that just three of nine CL/EL matches involving Valencia have produced over 2.5 total goals could be of real importance.

The Spanish club have had success in their matches in Russia having won three of four (W3, L1) competitive matches

Players to watch: Brazilian forward Ari has registered a goal or assist in three of his last four EL appearances for Krasnodar.

Valencia captain Daniel Parejo has five of his seven domestic league goals have come in away games.

 

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