Tip FC Krasnodar - Sevilla
Sevilla take the long journey to Russia this week for a UEFA Champions League battle with Krasnodar on Tuesday evening. Second to Chelsea on goal difference in Group E, Sevilla's passage to the knockout stage looks highly probable after three games. Their aim for the second half of the group stage will be to leapfrog Chelsea for a (theoretically) better draw in the Round of 16. Krasnodar have a worse goal difference than Rennes but their point in France puts them ahead of the Ligue 1 side in the group. Europa League football is probably the aim for Krasnodar unless the reverse fixture against Sevilla gave them loftier ambitions. While they ultimately lost 3-2 in Spain, they took a two-goal lead in the first half that made Sevilla sweat. It highlights a problem that has been plaguing Krasnodar for much of the campaign and that is their habit of collapsing in the second half. 12 of the last 15 goals they have conceded have come after the break. Murad Musayev may need to work on his half-time team talks.
Krasnodar come into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over Tambov in the Russian Premier League. It ended a run of five defeats in all competitions in which they conceded at least three goals per game. At home, Krasnodar are unbeaten in eight of their last ten outings. Sevilla, meanwhile, enter this game off the back of a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo in La Liga, their third straight victory in all competitions. The Andalusian club have failed to win their last four away games, but that run included tricky fixtures against Barcelona and Chelsea. We suggest backing the second half to be the half to feature the most goals.
Key points FC Krasnodar - Sevilla
12 of the last 15 goals Krasnodar conceded came in the second half of games.
Krasnodar lost five of their last six matches in all competitions.
Sevilla failed to win their last four away games in all competitions.
Sevilla won their last three matches in all competitions.
Conclusion FC Krasnodar - Sevilla
Sevilla will be the deserved favourites for this tie but they could find Krasnodar tough to break down early on. Back the second half to feature more goals than the first.
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FC Krasnodar Sevilla Prediction published on November 22, 2020