2014-15 Europa League Match Preview: Lille vs. Krasnodar

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Updated: September 11, 2014

Match Date: 18 September 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy

(Featured image: Lille | Source: Zimbio)

 

Lille and Krasnodar both have histories with UEFA’s top club competitions, although the former have spent more time in the Champions League while the latter have earned better achievements in the Europa League.

 

Lille OSC

Having participated in five different editions of the Europa League, Lille have yet to obtain a championship in Europe’s second most prestigious club tournament. Last season, they were unable to participate in any of UEFA’s competitions as they only placed sixth in the French Ligue 1 for the 2012-13 fixtures. However, they emerged as one of the strongest contenders for the title in the 2014-15 season and successfully secured a top three finish to earn their seeding in the Champions League play-offs. There, they met with Porto and lost on both legs of their battle. This gave them automatic berth in the Group stage of the Europa League.

 

FC Krasnodar

Krasnodar have already played in the Europa League—at least in the qualifying rounds—a total of six times. However, they still need to exert some more effort to help them produce substantial spectacles the tourney’s knockout phase. Ranking fifth by the end of the Russian Premier League season, Byki qualified for the UEL second qualifying round and went on to advance through the Group stage after they trounced Sillamae Kalev 9-0, Diosgyor 8-1, and Real Sociedad 3-1.

 

Europa League betting tip: Lille will dominate the scoring, but Krasnodar would be able to net at least one goal.