14 December 2018
Sevilla welcome Krasnodar to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in a match that will decide the faith of both sides in Europe this term.
Although they were labeled top favorites to go past Group J, the Andalusians’ disappointing displays against Krasnodar in Russia and Standard Liege in Belgium could cost them the knockout stage promotion. With a record of nine points after their opening five Europa League meetings, Los Hispalenses currently trail their next opponents by three points, as they share the second place with Standard who are going to face dead-last Akhisar in their last fixture. An encouraging fact for Pablo Machin could be that his players have secured both wins at home, scoring 11 while conceding just one goal in the run. However, apart from a narrow 1-0 victory over lower-league outfit Villanovense in Copa del Rey, Los Rojiblancos have failed to get all three points in their last three competitive matches.
Unbeaten in their last ten games across all competitions, the Bulls come into this encounter looking to avoid defeat, which would guarantee them a place among the 16 best teams in the Europa League this term. The Russian giants have started their European journey with a 1-0 road win over Akhisar. Four remaining Black-Greens’ matches in the group stage ended with the identical 2-1 scoreline, which has seen them securing three wins while suffering one loss in the process. The only loss Murad Musayev’s players have suffered so far came against Standard on the road. The main problem for Krasnodar could be that they’ve played their last seven games at home, as they now have to find the right balance ahead of a long road trip to Spain.
Provisional line-up – Sevilla:
Gk: Vaclik Defense: Kjaer – Gomez – Mercado – Escudero – Promes Midfield: Banega – Franco Vasquez – Nolito Attack: Ben Yedder – Andre Sivla
Provisional line-up – Krasnodar:
Gk: Kritsyuk Defense: Spajic – Martynovich – Petrov – Stotsky Midfield: Gazinskiy – Cueva – Pereyra Attack: Claesson – Wanderson – Ignatjev
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