UCL Match Preview: Krasnodar vs Sevilla Predictions

Krasnodar vs Sevilla predictions

Krasnodar vs Sevilla predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s game in the UEFA Champions League. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Julen Lopetegui’s men look to secure a place in the knockout stage.

  • DATE: Tuesday 24th November 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 20:55 (local time)
  • VENUE: Krasnodar Stadium
  • COMPETITION: UEFA Champions League (Group Stage)

Krasnodar vs Sevilla Preview

Krasnodar vs Sevilla preview
Krasnodar stadium via Антон Зайцев, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sevilla take their bid to reach the Champions League knockout stage to Russia on Tuesday. They can secure progress on the night with victory against Krasnodar providing Rennes do not beat Chelsea in the other game in Group E. That will certainly be the aim for Julen Lopetegui who’d love to take the pressure of his side’s final two group fixtures.

The Andalusians have collected an excellent 7 points from their 3 matches to date on their return to Europe’s premier club competition. However it would be an exaggeration to say it has been straight-forward. They had to work hard for their two home wins against both Rennes and Krasnodar. They actually fell 2-0 down against the Russians just prior to the international break but a stirring Second Half comeback saw Sevilla claim a vital 3-2 win despite being reduced to 10 men late in the first period with Jesus Navas seeing red.

The veteran Spaniard will miss this game as a result for a Sevilla side that has won their last three matches in all competitions. Krasnodar will be out for revenge here and to have any chance of progressing, they basically have to win this game.

Since losing at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, Krasnodar have lost 3-1 to Zenit in the Russian Premier League before a narrow win over struggling Tambov at the weekend. They are languishing down in 9th place and in truth they are not playing the kind of football that suggests they are going to mount a late resurgence in this group and even 3rd may be beyond them.

Head to Head

  • Sevilla came from behind to win 3-2 in the reverse fixture three weeks ago at the RSP.
  • The sides also met in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage – the only previous meetings.
  • Sevilla won 3-0 when the teams met at the RSP while Krasnodar won the reverse fixture 2-1.

Team News

Winger Remy Cabella is fit again and could be a dangerman for Krasnodar. Dmitriy Stotskiy is sidelined.

Jesus Navas is suspended after his red card in the reverse fixture. Tomas Vaclik will continue in goal with Bono injured while Marcos Acuña is a minor doubt.

Predicted Krasnodar Starting Lineup:

Safonov – Chernov, Kaio, Martynovich, Ramirez – Vilhena, Gazinskiy – Cabella, Utkin, Olsson – Berg (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Sevilla Starting Lineup:

Vaclik – Acuña, Carlos, Kounde, Escudero – Rakitic, Gudelj, Fernando – En-Nesyri, De Jong, Ocampos (4-3-3)

Krasnodar vs Sevilla Predictions

Score Prediction: Krasnodar 0-2 Sevilla

Krasnodar dealt a real shock to Sevilla with those two early goals three weeks ago but the Spanish side responded well and even with ten men showed they are much the superior side. We ought to see a professional performance from Sevilla here and they look capable of getting the win that may propel them into the knockout stage with two games to spare.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk