Place: Otkritie Arena. Moscow.
Date: on the 14th of August, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 18:30 (GMT+1)
Tournament: EUROPA – Champions League – Qualification stage – Semifinals (1st match).
In the first meetings of the teams we have seen the powerful fight which has ended with the score 3:2 in favor of the Greek club. For Spartak such score isn’t a terrible sentence, but nevertheless it really wounds vanity of the Moscow club which wants to get into the group stage of the Champions League. Spartak is good in frames of the championship, but nevertheless is far from an optimum form and the necessary results. The Moscow club has to score a fast goal, thereby having turned a situation in the match upside down.
The starting lineup of Spartak has been strengthened during summer transfer window and the club has signed contracts with Gigot and Tashayev. The other day Spartak has done very interesting transaction, having signed the contract with Roman Eremenko who was the leader of CSKA before disqualification. Massimo Carrero has to work over the gaming level of his team as in the next round the winner of this pair will meet with the winner of the pair Benfica – Fenerbahçe.
Răzvan Lucescu‘s team has managed to show football of high level in the first match and has achieved the comeback victory. Two missed goals at the stadium can become a problem for PAOK that gives serious advantage to Spartak. The level of the Greek club seems to be very serious though squad potential of PAOK is obviously lower quality than of SpartaK.
PAOK was actively working at the transfer market and having signed contracts with Khacheridi, Léo Jabá and Akpum. As for the rest, Răzvan Lucescu relies on his stable football players who have brought good result last season and are going to show good results in the Champions League: Prijović, Cañas, Pelkas, Crespo and Varela.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Spartak vs. PAOK
In this match we will see the fight of two strong European mid level teams which fate in Euro cups in many respects depends on draw result. On this match bookmaker proposes 1.80 on a victory of the Moscow club, 3.70 on draw, and 5.05 on the victory of PAOK. Classical quotations on total betting on this match have the following figures: total over 2.5 for 2.08, total under 2.5 for 1.83.
Spartak in a return match is obliged to take a revenge for away match defeat, as for Spartak the defeat from Greece will become the real failure. And here the defeat from PAOK won’t become the real tragedy and the team will be able to demonstrate good results in the Europa League. It is important for Spartak not to tighten with the first goal as every minute will increase the confidence of football players of PAOK in a successful result of the match. Nevertheless, we believe that Spartak will win even with inevitable difficulties on the match course, bearing in mind its rather weak form.