PAOK vs Spartak Moscow
Champions League Qualifying – Third Round 1st Leg
Date: Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Toumba Stadium (Thessaloniki).
Runners-up from Greek and Russian top divisions will face each other in the battle for the place in the last qualifying round of the Champions League.
The hosts have already started their campaign in the biggest continental cup and they eliminated Basel pretty convincingly with a 5-1 aggregate win.
They’ve booked only two wins in the pre-season clashes, but they showed very good displays against Swiss team, especially when playing away from home.
Rzvan Lucescu’s side is hoping of securing an advantage in front of the home crowd as they are expecting a very tough challenge.
Away side has also played two matches this season, but in the Russian Premier League, and they managed to keep the clean sheet in both of them.
Quincy Promes and the lads are hoping of another tight performance in which they can secure an active result before the second leg match in Moscow.
Spartak had a derby match last weekend against the defending champions Lokomotiv Moscow from which they returned home with a point.
That one should have impacted the visitors very positively and they are more than ready for another good display.
PAOK vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
Although these two teams are regular participants in the European cups, they haven’t met each other yet and this is going to be their first head to head clash.
PAOK vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
This one is going to be a very interesting one as they hot atmosphere is expected in Thessaloniki.
Home ground is a very big advantage for PAOK, however Spartak Moscow should be capable enough of leaving this match undefeated.
The decision of which team will go through is going to be made in Moscow.
The importance of this match for both sides will affect their mentality and tactics in this one and we are expecting a very tight clash.
As Spartak Moscow’s defence has been excellent so far, the hosts will have troubles of cracking it, so this match should remain under 2.5 margin.
PAOK vs Spartak Moscow Betting Tips
Draw @ 11/5 (3.20)
Under 2.5 full-time goals @ 13/20 (1.65).