PAOK vs Olimpik Donetsk
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Toumba Stadium (Thessaloniki).
Olimpik Donetsk produced a disciplined performance against PAOK in the first leg. They should have gone on an win it, but PAOK were strong enough to get away with a 1-1 draw. The Greeks are bookies favourites to win this tie, but don’t write off the minnows from Donetsk as yet.
PAOK made it through the qualifying rounds on each of the last four seasons and made out of the group phase on two occasion. However, they have a poor record against teams from Ukraine, 1 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses from 10 matches.
Back in 2013/14, PAOK lost their Champions League qualifying tie to a relatively unknown Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv by a 3-1 aggregate.
PAOK vs Olimpik Donetsk: Head-to-head
The first leg clash ended in 1-1 draw in the lone meeting between the clubs.
PAOK vs Olimpik Donetsk: Prediction
The tie is PAOK’s to lose after having a crucial away goal in their bank. They do have a good record in UEFA Europa League qualifiers, bar poor showing against clubs from Ukraine.
Olimpik Donetsk are no pushovers and they can be a dangerous side that can sit deep and deliver the sucker punch in counter attacks. The teams has kept clean sheets in three domestic league matches so far this season. And PAOK is the only team that scored against them.
The Greeks need to win here, while a high scoring draw send the Ukrainians through. Therefore, expect a slow start to the match with both teams focusing on defensive stability before preparing to attack as the match wears off.