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Wednesday 30 September 21:00

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PAOK vs Krasnodar – UEFA Champions League Match Preview, Kick-Off Time & Match Prediction

Playoff return leg, with PAOK taking on Krasnodar on Wednesday the 30th of September, 2020, at Stadio Toumbas.

Watching the first leg between PAOK and Krasnodar last week you could get an idea why PAOK have consistently been failing to reach the group stage for years now. It’s not just that they had to face strong opponents in the playoffs (Ajax over and over again, Schalke over and over again, Benfica, etc), but also that they have looked naive and committed incredible mistakes, which are not allowed at this level. Last week they had the chance to take the lead super early from the penalty spot, and missed it. They did take the lead later, but instead of building on that, showing that they have learned from previous seasons’ mistakes, they ended up losing 2-1, to a Krasnodar side that did not even look at their best. Huge missed opportunity for PAOK to earn at least, minimum, a draw, which would have boosted their chances of FINALLY reaching the Champions League group stage. Their current form reads; DLDWW. They drew 0-0 on Saturday in Volos, in Greece’s Super League, looking… pathetic. Coach Abel Ferreira heavily rotated the squad, not just prioritizing the return leg against Krasnodar, but acting as if practically he didn’t care about wasting two points in the championship. Should be mentioned that newly-arrived Antonio Colak (striker), and Moussa Wagué (right-back, on loan from Barcelona) both played on Saturday, debuted, and are available for this match as well.

Unlike his PAOK counterpart, Murad Musaev, Krasnodar’s coach, did not really rotate his squad on Saturday (at least not that much), when they visited Sochi. They drew 1-1, but the biggest news of the match for them was that two players got injured. Later on, they realized that two more players had picked up some injury. That’s the last thing they needed before flying to Thessaloniki for this game, which will decide if they will be in the Champions League group stage for the first time. Their current form reads; DWWWD. Coach Musaev defended his choice not to rotate his squad heavily on Saturday, saying “we couldn’t do what PAOK did, change eight players of the first 11”. He didn’t explain why, but… either way, there is always a middle path, he could have avoided making eight changes, but could have made more than the three he did make.

Last week it wasn’t the first time Krasnodar beat PAOK; they had done the same in 2015 (same score, 2-1), in the Europa League group stage. Back then, all PAOK managed at home against the Russian side was a goalless draw.

Krasnodar should score, but… PAOK have already beaten Besiktas 3-1, and Benfica 2-1. Extra-time and even penalties wouldn’t be a surprise.

A 2-1 victory for PAOK is predicted at full-time, and a 3-2 win at the end of extra-time.

Date: Wednesday, 30th of September, 2020.

Venue: Stadio Toumbas

Kick-off time: 21:00 (GMT+2).