FC Krasnodar vs PAOK Prediction and Betting Preview 22 Sep 2020

FC Krasnodar vs PAOK PredictionHaving begun their domestic league season rather slowly, FC Krasnodar will be looking to put a smile on the faces of supporters with a European victory over PAOK when both sides lock horns at the Krasnodar Stadium on Tuesday night.
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Match status: 2020/21 Champions League - Qualification
Venue: Krasnodar Stadium (Krasnodar)
Predicted as huge contenders for the Russian Premier League title, Krasnodar have not had the perfect start to their season. With eight games already gone by, the Bulls sit fifth on the log, with a decent 14 points amassed.

Meanwhile, the Super League Greece have just gotten back to the swing of things and PAOK are already threatening to hit the summit as soon as possible. For now, they will need to switch focus to this Champions League first-leg play-off fixture versus Krasnodar.

FC Krasnodar vs PAOK Team News

There is no doubting FC Krasnodar’s quality. Even the sternest of pundits will have to dig really deep to find critical comments to aim at this side. For the last couple of years, they have not put a foot wrong in any of their dealings.

Even as fans may be content with their current situation, the Bulls will likely begin panicking that they have not lifted the prestigious league trophy over the past decade. For a side of their stature, this is becoming alarming.

Despite flirting about the business end of the standings for the last few years, Krasnodar have continuously been pipped to league glory by archrivals Zenit and CSKA Moscow. Surely, the Bulls will be hoping to break that jinx this term.

Following their third-place finish last season, they booked a ticket to the Champions League play-off round where they are set to tackle Greek outfit PAOK. Even prior to kickoff, Krasnodar have been touted by the bookies as favorites to secure victory.

They should have it pretty easy against this PAOK side plying their trade in the rather inferior Super League Greece. That said, there should be no room for complacency from the Bulls to avoid capitulating at the hands of this tricky Greek opposition.

PAOK have begun their domestic campaign in brilliant form, picking up four points from their first two games. Last time out, they were expected to stroll to success against newly-promoted Atromitos, but were surprisingly held to a one-all draw.

Putting that disappointing result aside, PAOK’s inspirational win over Portuguese giants Benfica in the third-qualifying round of the competition cannot be overlooked. Against all odds, the White-Blacks squeezed out a narrow 2-1 win.

As expected, Abel Ferreira’s men were on the back foot for large portions of the game, but refused to be beaten at the back. Ultimately, a Vertonghen own-goal was backed by a thunderous Zivkovic strike to advance further in the CL.

With a fixture against another top European side on the cards, PAOK will be hoping to replicate the events that unfolded versus Benfica, to grab the desired result – one that will fire them to the Champions’ League group stages.

Injured or Suspended Players

FC Krasnodar: Dmitri Stotskiy.

PAOK: Douglas Augusto, Josip Misic and Rodrigo.

Pre-Match Odds

FC Krasnodar: 2
Draw: 3.44
PAOK: 3.9

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

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Who will win the match?

Krasnodar vs PAOK Predictions

Krasnodar are in blistering goalscoring form at the moment, hitting the target ten times from their previous two fixtures. Also, they have lost only twice on home turf this year – both defeats coming against giants CSKA Moscow and Zenit.

Meanwhile, PAOK’s shocking win against Benfica makes them pretty frightening at the moment. That said, they are with only two away wins over the last seven months. With home advantage and their obvious superior form, count on FC Krasnodar to carry the day.
Our Betting Tip:
Krasnodar Win @ 2.17
Correct Score:
FC Krasnodar 4-1 PAOK @ 41.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 1.91
Match Winner:
Krasnodar Win @ 2.17
Double Chance:
1X @ 1.30
Over 2.5 @ 2.19
Home -1.5 AH @ 4.10
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