PAOK – Spartak Moscow is the first game from the semi-finals of the Uefa Champions League qualification stage where to really good teams are matching up and the hosts are the favorites to take this one home, but the visitors from Russia will do everything to change that. The game will start at 19:00 and it will take place on Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
PAOK are here after a strong win against Basel in both games. They destroyed the Swiss side with 5-1 on aggregate and now they have to face another hard opponent. They won the Cup last year and they ended the Championship on the second place which is a good achievement. Another extraordinary thing would be if they will enter the Champions Groups but more likely they will lose against Benfica or Fenerbahce in the next round if they manage to win against Spartak. They have the home ground advantage but Spartak is in a much better form.
Spartak Moscow are on a 7 games unbeaten run with only 2 draws in those games. They started the new season with a win against Orenburg but in the second game they only draw in a goalless game. They have a problem in attack and they couldn’t find the winning goal last time out. Their most promising player is Promes and from him is expected the most. The question is, can he live up to the expectations? Paok are defending really well and it will be a hard job from him to make something happen in the attack. He was the top scorer of the team last season with 15 goals and now he’s got the chance to prove his worth again.
PAOK – Spartak Moscow: Head-to-Head
This will be the first ever game played by this two sides.
PAOK – Spartak Moscow: Prediction
This is a really interesting match-up and it could make a lots of surprises. PAOK scored 5 goals in two games against Basel, a team that made it trough to the last 16 of the Champions League last season. Spartak Moscow are not in such a good form like their opponents. They only scored once in two games and things are not looking so promising for them before this important game. In most of their games they managed to score at least 2 goals but lately they’ve been struggling in attack. That could cost them much becaus PAOK will took advantage of every mistake that they will make. A home win should be the way to go here because PAOK were the more convincing side lately.
Prediction: PAOK to win, Odds: 2.20
Stake: 8 units