FK Krasnodar vs Porto Match Info
Date: Wednesday August 7 2019
Kick-off time: 6.00pm BST
Venue: Krasnodar Stadium
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
FK Krasnodar vs Porto Head-To-Head Record
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FK Krasnodar vs Porto Stats
- This is FK Krasnodar’s first ever European match against a Portuguese club
- It is also their debut in the UEFA Champions League
- Porto are unbeaten in their last eight qualifying matches (six wins, two draws)
FK Krasnodar vs Porto Match Preview
FK Krasnodar play their first ever Champions League match, but we fear their debut in the competition will be short-lived having been drawn against Porto in this qualifier.
The Russian club, who finished third in their domestic league last term and were unlucky not be second, have been Europa League regulars in the last five years but now make the step up.
Of the seven teams they could have been paired with at this stage, Porto provide undoubtedly the most difficult test. The Primeira Liga runners-up have reached the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition in four of the last five seasons, only having their run ended by Liverpool (twice), Juventus and Bayern Munich.
It has been something of a summer of change at Porto though. Manager Sergio Conceicao has seen established players such as Hector Herrera, Yacine Brahimi, Eder Militao and Oliver Torres among others leave the club, but they have made eight signings including striker Ze Luis and exciting Japan international playmaker Shoya Nakajima, formerly of Portimonense.
Krasnodar have recovered from losing their opening domestic league game of the season with three good results since and they have a very cosmopolitan squad which includes former Newcastle United midfielder Remy Cabella and three Swedes, one of them being ex-Arsenal youngster Kristoffer Olsson.
It’s no accident that Porto make a habit of progressing through the Champions League qualifiers and group stage to the knockout phase, and they are expected to have too much quality and knowhow for Krasnodar.
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FK Krasnodar vs Porto Betting Tips
Porto to win @ 8/5 with Unibet
Moussa Marega first goalscorer @ 5/1 with Unibet