Champions League Spartak Moscow vs PAOK Thessaloniki Prediction
Spartak Moscow (Russia) and PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece) will play on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, in the second leg of the Preliminary Round of the Champions League, 2018-2019 season. The match will take place at the “Otkritie Arena” stadium in Moscow and will be arbitrated by Ruddy Buquet from France. In the first game, which took place on August 8th at Thessaloniki’s Toumba stadium, PAOK Thessaloniki defeated Spartak Moscow with a score of 3-2.
Spartak Moscow started well in the new season of the Russian championship, winning home with FK Orenburg (1-0, Samuel Gigot 4) and Anzhi Makhachkala (1-0, Zé Luis 70) finishing in a draw with Lokomotiv Moscow (0- 0). So in the Russian Premier League, the “white-red” won 7 points out of 9 possible and did not receive any goals. In the next round, they will play away with FC Krasnodar, but the number one priority is not the championship, but qualify for the Champions League. To do this, the Russians will have to eliminate PAOK Thessaloniki, then the Fenerbahçe İstanbul and Benfica Lisbon (the tour was 1-0 for the Portuguese). The team trained by Italian Massimo Carrera had a lot of luck in the tour of Greece. The Russians managed 2-0, due to the goals scored by Bulgarian Ivelin Popov (7) and Dutchman Quincy Promes (17), but the Greeks managed to reduce the difference by Serbian Aleksandar Prijović (29, penalty) to equalize by Dimitris Limnios 37) and take the lead through Dimitris Pelkas (44). Spartak Moscova could have increased the lead after 71 minutes, but Quincy Promes refused to score with a counterattack after 11 minutes.
PAOK Thessaloniki has no matches played in the Greek Championship, because it will start on August 25th. The team coached by Romanian Răzvan Lucescu will play in the first round with Asteras Tripoli (home), then with AE Larisa (away) and AEK Athens (home). Instead, the Greeks have already played in the second round of the Champions League with Switzerland’s FC Basel, which they defeated twice, 2-1 at home (José Cañas 32, Aleksandar Prijović 80 – Arlind Ajeti 82) and 3-0 away (Fernando Varela 7, Aleksandar Prijović 52, Omar El Kaddouri 60). In the third round, the “Dikefalos tou Vorra” won 3-2 at home against the Russians from Spartak Moscow (Aleksandar Prijović 29 penalty, Dimitris Limnios 37, Dimitris Pelkas 44 – Ivelin Popov 7, Quincy Promes 17 ). So in the 3 official games of this season, the “white-blacks” had as many victories, managing to score 8 goals. He will follow Spartak Moscow from “Otkritie Arena”, where the Greeks will have to defend a 3-2. With FC Basel, after a 2-1 home, managed to make a successful match and qualify for the third round, but now it will be much harder but not impossible. PAOK Thessaloniki has a much smaller budget than Spartak Moscow, but hopes to eliminate the Russians, even if they start with the second chance.
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The stake of the game is very high, a place insured in the Europa League groups or the possibility to qualify in the Champions League groups. The hosts can not count on Georgian offensive midfielder Jano Ananidze, who is recovering after having undergone a ligament surgery, and guests on French left-wing Dorian Lévêque who injured the tendon. For “Narodnaya komanda” everything is clear, you have to score at least one goal, otherwise it will play in the play-off Europa League. The Russians have a lot more valuable than the Greeks, will be supported by 45,000 supporters and should normally win the match Tuesday night.
⚽ Spartak Moscow led the 2-0 draw to Thessaloniki, but PAOK won 3-2
⚽ Spartak only won one of the last 7 matches played in the Champions League and the Europa League
⚽ PAOK Thessaloniki has never played in the Champions League groups
⚽ The team that will qualify will play in play-off with Fenerbahçe İstanbul and Benfica Lisbon
⚽ The team to be eliminated will play in the play-off Europa League
Bet Tip; Victory Spartak Moscow