2014-15 Europa League Match Preview Lille vs. Krasnodar

MatchDate:18September2014(local)

MatchVenue:StadePierre-Mauroy

(Featuredimage:Lille|Source:Zimbio)

LilleandKrasnodarbothhavehistorieswithUEFA’stopclubcompetitions,althoughtheformerhavespentmoretimeintheChampionsLeaguewhilethelatterhaveearnedbetterachievementsintheEuropaLeague。

LilleOSC

HavingparticipatedinfivedifferenteditionsoftheEuropaLeague,LillehaveyettoobtainachampionshipinEurope’ssecondmostprestigiousclubtournament。

Lastseason,theywereunabletoparticipateinanyofUEFA’scompetitionsastheyonlyplacedsixthintheFrenchLigue1forthe2012-13fixtures。

However,theyemergedasoneofthestrongestcontendersforthetitleinthe2014-15seasonandsuccessfullysecuredatopthreefinishtoearntheirseedingintheChampionsLeagueplay-offs。

There,theymetwithPortoandlostonbothlegsoftheirbattle。

ThisgavethemautomaticberthintheGroupstageoftheEuropaLeague。

FCKrasnodar

KrasnodarhavealreadyplayedintheEuropaLeague—atleastinthequalifyingrounds—atotalofsixtimes。

However,theystillneedtoexertsomemoreefforttohelpthemproducesubstantialspectaclesthetourney’sknockoutphase。

RankingfifthbytheendoftheRussianPremierLeagueseason,BykiqualifiedfortheUELsecondqualifyingroundandwentontoadvancethroughtheGroupstageaftertheytrouncedSillamaeKalev9-0,Diosgyor8-1,andRealSociedad3-1。