PAOK Solun vs Spartak Moscow / Champions League – These two rivals have played two games so far this season and have not experienced any defeats, with the proviso that PAOK played both duels in the second round of the Champions League, when they mastered Basel twice, while Spartak celebrated once in the championship and once was a draw. The Greek championship has not started yet, but if it is judged by the matches in the Champions League, PAOK is in a very good shape, which cannot be said for the team of Spartak, which first celebrated in the Russian Premier League minimally, after which they played a goalless draw. This will be their first mutual match.
PAOK Solun vs Spartak Moscow begins 08.08.2018. at 19:00 CET.
PAOK was very good last season, and this season they want to achieve even more remarkable results and considering how they started, it seems that this could really happen. Their first two games this season clearly show that they are currently in excellent form and with two wins over Basel they have won this third qualifying round.
They were not favourites in two matches with the Swiss team, especially since Basel has much more experience in the Champions League, and when the first match in Solun ended with the victory of PAOK 2-1, it did not seem they would succeed in rematch, however, the current winner of the Cup of Greece played an even better match and celebrates with the victory of 3-0. Khacheridi has played from the first minute of the match, as the biggest reinforcement this summer, while the second major reinforcement Leo Jabo ended up on the bench and the recovered El Kaddouri played instead, who scored a goal and thus justified coach Lucescu's confidence in him.
Probable lineups PAOK Solun: Paschalakis – Matos, Varela, Khacheridi, Crespo – Canas, Mauricio – Limnios, Pelkas, El Kaddouri – Prijovic
After the season in which the Russians were the champions, Spartak’s footballers did not succeed in repeating all this, so they were only third in the end, but it was enough to reach the Champions League qualifications, but they would have to skip the two obstacles to get in the group stage again, which they played last season. Then they finished third in the group, and were eliminated in Europa League on the first obstacle and all the season was very modest. They started solidly again and managed to celebrate against Orenburg on their field in the first round, but there was only 1-0, though they scored the only goal at the opening of the match.
Interestingly, the shooter of that goal was Gigot, this summer’s reinforcement on the center-back position, which is in fact the only real boost, with midfielder Tashaev. They did not lose many players either, because only Tasci, Maksimovic and Pasalic left the team, so they should not have a problem in the playoffs. Last weekend they played a big city derby with the current champion Lokomotiv, but there were no goals in the weak match. Due to the injuries, goalkeeper Selikhov and midfielder are both out of action.
Probable lineups Spartak Moscow: Maksimenko – Eshchenko, Gigot, Bocchetti, D.Kombarov – Fernando – Zobnin, Glushakov, Tashaev, Promes – Ze Luis
PAOK Solun vs Spartak Moscow PICK
PAOK has played two good matches against Basel and they are favourites in this match, especially because they are hosts, while Spartak has shown nothing special in the first two rounds of the Russian championship and they would be very satisfied with a draw in Solun.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 PAOK
Odds: 1.62 at betvictor (down to 1.56 can be played)