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Krasnodar v Sparta Praha background

Krasnodar will aim to make it six wins from as many European home games this term when they take on a Sparta Praha side holding a 1-0 advantage after the first leg.

Sparta's Lukáš Juliš rises to head in the only goal of the first leg
Sparta's Lukáš Juliš rises to head in the only goal of the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images

Beaten 1-0 at AC Sparta Praha in the first leg, FC Krasnodar must maintain their perfect home record in this season's UEFA Europa League if they are to secure a place in the round of 16.

Previous meetings
• Lukáš Juliš scored the only goal of their 18 February contest, heading in a cross from captain Bořek Dočkal.

• The clubs drew 1-1 in a friendly in Spain in February 2014. David Lafata scored for Sparta, while Pavel Mamaev equalised for Krasnodar.

• Sparta's 12 games against Russian teams have ended W3 D5 L4 (W0 D3 L2 in Russia).

Form guide
• Krasnodar have won all five of their European home games this season.

• Sparta are unbeaten in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League.

• Sparta last made it to the round of 32 in 2012/13, losing to Chelsea FC. They reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1984/85 – their best campaign in this competition.

• This is Krasnodar's first springtime UEFA tie. They failed to advance beyond the group stage in 2014/15 in what was their maiden season in Europe.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Prague to Krasnodar is around 1,700km.

• Sparta's Radoslav Kováč played in Russia for FC Spartak Moskva from 2005 to 2009; Krasnodar's Dmitri Torbinski (2005–07) and Vladimir Bystrov (2005–09) were among his team-mates.

• Sparta's Michal Breznaník also played in Russia for FC Amkar Perm from 2012 to 2014.

• Sparta's Dočkal and Krasnodar's Stefan Strandberg were team-mates at Norwegian side Rosenborg BK from 2012 to 2013.

• Krasnodar are one of four clubs to have made it all the way from the third qualifying round to the round of 32 this term, along with AS Saint-Étienne, Athletic Club and Borussia Dortmund.

• Sparta were penalised for 121 fouls during the group stage – 17 more than any other team – and were shown 21 yellow cards (only eliminated FK Partizan received as many).

• Krasnodar's French midfielder Charles Kaboré can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance in the first leg.

The coaches
• Oleg Kononov has coached Krasnodar since 2013 and led his charges to an impressive third-place finish in Russia last term. This is his third UEFA Europa League campaign – he made it to the group stage with FC Karpaty Lviv in 2010/11 and with Krasnodar last year.

• Experienced trainer Zdeněk Ščasný, 58, took over at Sparta in April. Once a defender cum midfielder, he won Czechoslovakian titles with FK Dukla Praha and Sparta. As a coach, he steered Sparta to two championships in the 1990s and has also managed in Greece and Hungary.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Krasnodar have yet to feature in a UEFA penalty shoot-out.

• Sparta's record in two UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L1:
L 3-1 H v FC Dynamo Kyiv (1998/99 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round)
W 4-3 A v Odense BK (2007/08 UEFA Cup first round)