PAOK take on the visitors Spartak Moscow at the Toumba Stadium in the first leg match of UEFA Champions League third qualification round. The match will be played in Thessaloniki on Wednesday, August 8th.
PAOK beat Basel confidently in the second qualification round (2-1, 3-0). Last season the Two Headed Eagle of the North placed 2nd in the Greek Super League getting 21 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses. The team has very little competition in their local league but they have been unsuccessful on European scene lately. The team has never gone through to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The team`s maximum was to go through to the play-off round of the Champions League qualification in the 2013/2014 season.
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The team of Massimo Carrera have had a great start to the new season. The People`s team had beaten Orenburg in the 1st tour of Russian Premier League with a 1-0 score and then drew against the reigning champions Lokomotiv with a 0-0 score in the 2nd tour. Spartak have showed great playing style in those games and could easily win with bigger scores. Unlike PAOK the Meat have experience of playing in the group stage of the Champions League and competing against the top clubs. Last season the team was even able to beat Sevilla with a 5-1 score in the group stage. Also they drew against the eventual finalists Liverpool with a 1-1 score.
Spartak are likely to get some points in the upcoming match against PAOK.
Prediction for the match: Spartak Moscow to win with +0.5 handicap.