FC Olimpik Donetsk vs PAOK Thessaloniki
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Stadion Valerija Lobanovskoho (Kiev).
Olimpik Donetsk make their debut at Europa League against Greek outfit PAOK on Thursday evening.
Olimpik Donetsk finished fourth in the Ukraine Premier League, a massive achievement for a young team formed in 2001 and are heavy reliant on their academy players. The 2017/18 season will be their fourth season in Ukraine’s top flight.
PAOK are looking for the Europa League appearance for the fifth successive season. Last year, they reached the first knockout round of the tournament before losing out to Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.
Olimpik Donetsk vs PAOK: Head-to-head
This is the first head-to-head clash between Olimpik Donetsk and PAOK Thessaloniki.
PAOK’s last duel with a club from Ukraine in the UEFA qualifiers was in the 2013/14 Champions League and the opponent was Metalist Kharkiv. They lost the home leg played in close doors and eventually knockout failing to overturn the deficit with a draw in the return leg.
PAOK’s overall record with Ukrainian clubs from 9 matches is 1 win, 4 draws and 4 losses.
Olimpik Donetsk vs PAOK: Predictions
Olimpik Donetsk had become one of the prominent teams in Ukraine with a decent home record to go by. However, they will face a different music against one of the seasoned campaigners in European competitions.
PAOK are one of the toughest away sides in the Europa League and they could easily transfer the momentum to bag a priceless win in Ukraine.