The triumph in “G. Karaiskakis” is a thing of the past, the PAOK he turns his attention to the showdown with her Aberdeen! The “double head of the North” welcomes the Scottish team to Tuba in the context of the 4th matchday of its groups European Conference League (19:45, Cosmote Sport3, bwinSPORT 94.6, sport-fm.gr) and wants the victory on the one hand to lock the qualification to the next stage, on the other hand to maintain its chances for the first place in the group, which gives direct qualification in the “16” of the event.
His team Razvan Lucescu goes into the European match in the best possible frame of mind, having come off the back of a great 4-2 away win over Olympiakos, which boosted morale after the defeat by AEK, while keeping the ‘doubleheader of the North’ in top spot with the teams that will claim the championship to the end. The Thessalonians had a great day Baba Rahmanas well as Murg, Thomas and Zivkovicwhich was a permanent source of danger for the “red and white” defense.
On the other hand, in their European commitments, PAOK achieved a “mythical” upset in Scotland against Aberdeen with 3-2 from 2-0, which started with a goal by Despodovwhile Vieirania then equalized and Schwab completed it in stoppage time, on a night when the Scots punished the defensive mistakes of the “black and whites”, who in the end did not pay for them.
Thus, the Thessalonians reached nine points and are at the top of the group, while the Eintracht Frankfurt follows in second place with six points, with Aberdeen and Helsinki counting one point, which means that PAOK with the “three points” will lock the qualification in the next phase, while surpassing the draw with the “eagles” as they had won the game between them.
“I don’t want to get into comparisons. Aberdeen is a disciplined team, they are not that aggressive, but they have intense pressing that if you pass it you can find spaces, if not you will find two lines of players. We should treat the game with the utmost respect. It is a game that will mark an eventual qualification. The tradition of British and Scottish teams is to fight games to the max“, he said, among other things, at the press conference Lucescu on the differences between Aberdeen and Hearts.
The only problem is the questionable Bamba, with Rafa Soares seeming to have the lead for the left end of the defense, while Vieirinha and Ekong will probably return to the lineup.
The squad in detail: Zivkovic, Kotarski, Vieirinia, Lyratzis, Kenziora, Ekong, Michaelidis, Koulierakis, Baba, Rafa Soares, Tsigaras, Schwab, Ozdoev, Meite, Murg, Constantelias, Tyson, Vrakas, A. Zivkovic, Despodov, Brandon, Jima s , Samata
On the other hand, Aberdeencomes from two consecutive victories in its domestic duties, after prevailing with 4-2 against Motherwell in the championship, while with 1-0 and “golden” scorer the Miowsky got the ticket to the final of the Scottish League Cup. In the league, he has made a bad start, since he is in 7th place with 12 points after 10 matches and is -10 from the top.
PAOK (Razvan Lucescu): Kotarski – Vieirinia, Ekong, Koulierakis, Rafa Soares – Tsingaras, Schwab – Zivkovic, Constantelias, Tyson – Thomas.
Aberdeen (Barry Robson): Ross – Devlin, Gartenman, Rubezic, Jensen, Mackenzie – Polvara, Saini, Baron, McGrath – Miowski.
Referee: Eugene Jaya (Albania)
Assistants: Dojanto Miftari (Albania), Redi Avdo (Albania)
4th: Olsion Izeirai (Albania)
VAR: Daniele Kiffi (Italy), Marco Serra (Italy)
Source: Sport Fm
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