-- Preview: Slovan Liberec - PAOK --
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE (GROUP J)
|Slovan Liberec||1:00 PM (EST)||PAOK|
PAOK travels to the Czech Republic to play Slovan Liberec in the second matchday of the Europa League group stage and AGONAsport.com brings you a preview of today’s match. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM (EST). TV Listings for the United States, Canada, Australia, and Greece can be found here.
PAOK: The Dikefalos tou Vora travels to the Czech Republic with hopes of earning at minimum one point from tonight’s match against Slovan Liberec. The Czechs are expected to be PAOK’s main opponent for second place in the group, which leads to the knockout stages. PAOK will look to solve their goalscoring problems that have emerged in their opening three fixtures in the SuperLeague, despite creating numerous chances to score. This was the case over the weekend in league play, when PAOK played to a goalless draw against Xanthi after dominating the game and wasting many chances on goal. PAOK began their Europa League campaign on a positive note, drawing the strongest team in the group, Fiorentina, 0-0 in Thessaloniki. Four points, over two matches, against Slovan Liberec will give the Greek side the advantage for second place in Group J.
Starting Line-Up: Vladan Ivic will not have any injury worries before today's match and is expected to display PAOK with the same starting XI as their weekend tie over Xanthi. This will include a 4-3-3 formation with Glykos (GK), Leo Matos (RB), Crespo (CB), Tzavellas (CB), Cimirot (MF), Biseswar (MF), Canas (MF), Campos (RWF), Rodrigues (LWF), and Koulouris (CF).
Slovan Liberec: PAOK was unsure if tonight’s game would be played due to a an illness that has struck the players of Slovan Liberec. Over the weekend, Liberec did not play in their league match because 12 players were ruled out with a virus! It is still uncertain how many players will be fit to play against PAOK. One thing is certain, that Liberec’s captain, Lukáš Pokorný, will be unfit to play due to an injury. Liberec has gotten off to a horrific start in the Czech First League, sitting only one place above the relegation zone after 7 matches. They have recorded one win, two draws, and four losses, accumulating only 5 points. In their opening match of the Europa League, the Czech side earned a 1-1 draw away to Qarabag in Azerbaijan.