Krasnodar vs PAOK Thessaloniki
Champions League Qualification
Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Krasnodar Stadium.
Krasnodar vs PAOK Team News
Krasnodar are led in goals domestically by Marcus Berg. The Swedish striker should play a big role from the start this week against Krasnodar. Berg scored four goals in the Russian Premier League in seven appearances. He averaged a goal every 154 minutes by Russia and added two assists. Berg was the focal point of the attack Krasnodar PAOK must stifle participation. Berg had a hand in a goal Krasnodar every 102.7 minutes.
The midfielder Rémy Cabella added three goals and an assist in five league games for Krasnodar. His play in the center of Krasnodar midfield will be important to put pressure on PAOK in the last third.
PAOK goals from various players in the previous qualifying round Champions League. The Greeks scored for Christos Tzolis (two) and Dimitris Pelkas against Besiktas. Dimitris Giannoulis and Andrija Zivkovic have goals against Benfica. The two goals against Benfica came in the second half. The 2-1 test line looks a little closer than the game actually was. The purpose of Benfica came deep stop time in the second half.
The unique tie really helped PAOK in the last round. The format for both legs should remove the advantage they held before.
There is a case for backing Krasnodar after their 7-2 win Friday. Paok were hard to beat, however, and should put up a fight in Russia.