Betting Tips: F.C. Krasnodar vs Red Star Belgrade
10th August 2017
Thursday’s first-leg match at the Krasnodar Stadion in Russia will be the first time these two clubs have met and no doubt a fearsome clash between the Eastern European sides. Both are looking to advance to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League following a series of impressive results in the qualifiers. Red Star are likely to put a lot of pressure on Krasnodar in spite of the home advantage. Both teams have excellent goal-scoring records and typically concede very few.
Krasnodar have performed well over the last few months, averaging more than 2.5 goals per game. They scored a total of 11 goals in their last six league matches and looked impressive on the European stage.
They’ve surged through the qualifying rounds, beating Lyngby BK a comfortable 5-2 on aggregate and winning the away leg in round 3.
Their performance in the Russian Premier League has been a little less convincing, with 3 wins 2 draws and 1 loss putting them in 5th place, behind Zenit and Rostov.
This may be due to the fact that their normally strong squad has been blighted by injuries recently, with strikers Smolov and Okirashvili and first team goalkeeper Kritsyuk all out for Thursday’s Europa League tie.
Uruguayan midfielder Mauricio Pereya is their current top scorer in the competition with 2 goals. Red Star will need to mark him tightly to prevent him from acquiring any more goals and playing the ball through to Krasnodar’s weakened strike force.
Red Star Belgrade
Red Star have won 4 and drawn 2 so far in the Europa League qualifiers, scoring an impressive total of 12 goals and conceding just 4. They’re currently top of the Serbian Super Liga with five matches played an 5 straight wins. They’ve scored 16 goals in their opening games of the season and conceded just once. They’ve also won their last 8 games in all tournaments since May, coming away with a clean sheet in 7. Ghanian forward R. Boakye is the man to watch. He’s scored twice so far in the qualifying round. Slavoljub Srnić is another threat to Krasnodar, having scored twice in this tournament and 3 times in the Super Liga so far.
Altogether they’ve scored in every single one of their last 11 games, so the Russian side will need to be strong defensively to keep them out.
Top Betting Tips
This one is tough to call considering the two sides’ goal scoring records and clean sheets over recent months. The clubs have never played each other in a major tournament.
Krasnodar will want to use their home advantage to challenge an impressive Serbian side. They’ve scored at least once in their last 12 home games. Red Star have scored in every game so far in the Europa League preliminary stages.
A win for Red Star with both teams to score offers good value at 9/1. Krasnodar to win and both teams to score is a reasonable 10/3. Considering the goal scoring record of the two clubs, ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ is a reasonable bet at 23/20. Combined with the Krasnodar win it’s a fairly unimpressive 21/10 and 13/5 for Red Star. The draw and Over 2.5 is a much more interesting wager at 16/1, with the option of cashing out earlier in the game.
It would be surprising if Krasnodar will be able to shatter Red Star’s winning streak, and at just 4/5 the straight victory for the home side is not worth the risk. Red Star have scored in every away game so far in the competition and backing them to win in Russia at 15/4 could be lucrative. The first leg of the UEFA Europa League qualification playoff stage kicks off on Thursday at 5pm UTC and our money is on Red Star for the surprise away win with both teams to score.
Last 3 Games
- Rubin Kazan 1-2 FC Krasnodar
- FC Krasnodar 2-0 TosnoSpartak Moscow 2-0 FC Krasnodar
- Red Star Belgrade 3 – 0 Radnicki Nis
- RAD Belgrade 0 – 2 Red Star Belgrade
- Red Star Belgrade 3 – 0 Cukaricki
Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town
5th August 2017
Excitement is reaching fever pitch as the new Premier League season begins and Saturday’s clash at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town sees a new manager, in Frank de Boer, taking charge of his first ever game in England and a team, in Huddersfield Town, playing in their first ever Premier League game. The Terriers have not played a game in the English top flight for 45 years and their fans will see this game as a very winnable one as they begin their quest to stay in the division.
- When: 12:30PM, Saturday, August 12th, 2017
- Where: Selhurst Park, London, England
Crystal Palace struggled last season under Alan Pardew, before Sam Allardyce was brought in to keep the club in the division. The former England manager was successful in his efforts and victories against big teams like Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea kept the club in the division. At the end of the campaign, Allardyce shocked the football world by announcing his immediate retirement from the sport and he was replaced by the exciting young Dutch manager, Frank de Boer. Crystal Palace have a squad capable of finishing in the top half and in Christian Benteke they have a proven Premier League goal scorer. It will be interesting to see how quickly the players adapt to the new manager’s instructions, but the club will need a fast start to avoid falling into another relegation battle.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has been extremely busy this summer, moving to bring in ten new players. Despite this huge outlay, the club still look short on quality in almost every area of the pitch and are the favourites to finish bottom of the Premier League. One player who has done well in pre-season is Tom Ince, and Wagner will be looking to the winger to be the man to provide the creative spark for his side.
- Will Crystal Palace start well? The London club started the season very poorly last time around and were dragged into a relegation battle before Christmas.
- Do Huddersfield Town have what it takes to stay in the league?
- Can Christian Benteke improve upon his 15 goals from last season?
I think this will be a tight game; Crystal Palace will be looking to impress their new manager whilst Huddersfield Town will be fired up in their first game back in the big time. On paper Crystal Palace have the better team, but I think Huddersfield Town might be able to grab a draw in this one.
Betting Tips (Bet365)
Crystal Palace are favourites for the game with odds of 5/6, whilst Huddersfield Town are 4/1 to pick up an unlikely victory. I think a better bet could be the draw though at odds of 13/5. Crystal Palace might take a few games to get used to Ronald de Boer’s new tactics and Huddersfield Town will be right up for this one.
My pick – Draw – 13/5