Bet today with our betting tips and match analysis for August 18.
Krasnodar v Partizani Tirana
Krasnador comfortably came through the last round by beating Birirkara of Malta 6-1 on aggregate and have also started well in their domestic league with two wins and and a draw from three games. Partizani lost 3-0 in the last round of the Champions league qualifiers to Salzburg following a penalties win over Ferencvaros in the previous round.
This will be very tough for the Albanians, not only are Krasnador a stronger opponent but have also played more competitive games up to now and should be more into a rhythm. I expect the Russian side to build up an advantage to carry through to the 2nd leg.
Sassuolo v Red Star Belgrade
Sassuolo have quite good form recently, and in the previous round of Europa League qualifying Sassuolo drew 1-1 away at Lucerne, and then Sassuolo won 3-0 at home over Lucerne to progress to this Europa League play-off.
Red Star Belgrade have mixed to reasonable form recently, with good domestic form, but having dropped into the Europa League qualifying play-offs as Red Star Belgrade lost their previous round of Champions League qualifying, with Red Star Belgrade having drawn 2-2 away at Ludogrets, and then having lost 2-4 in extra time at home to Ludogrets, for Red Star Belgrade to now be in this Europa League play-off instead.
Sassuolo have home advantage here, and Sassuolo have given some strong performances in recent matches playing with real determination, with European qualification being a real achievement they’ve been working for going back to last season, though Red Star Belgrade do have some good ability too and could well provide a significant challenge probably, and I think it could well be a close match, but overall that Sassuolo with home advantage here that if Sassuolo give a strong determined performance tonight they should have the ability to get a close home win most likely overall.