PAOK and Marseille will square off for a Conference League semi-finals place at Stadio Toumbas on Thursday evening (20:00 UK time).
Last time out, their only previous encounter, Marseille won 2-1 at Stade Orange Vélodrome. Gerson opened the scoring for les Phocéens in the 13th minute. Dimitri Payet also was on target. Omar El Kaddouri scored PAOK Salonika’s only goal in the 48th minute.
In their last six matches in all competitions, PAOK have won four and lost two. They scored seven and conceded five over that period, scoring first in four of the six games. As for Marseille they’ve won each of their last six. They scored 16 and conceded six over that period, netting first in four of the six.
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Gomis: He reminds me of Guardiola
When the Conference League draw pitted Marseille against PAOK it meant a meeting between Les Phocéens marksman Bafetimbi Gomis former club and ex-manager Razvan Lucescu who is seeking to guide the Greek side in the final four.
Having won the Saudi Professional League together at Al-Hilal, Gomis thinks highly of the Romanian tactician, feeling a Ligue 1 job should be his next step while favourably comparing him to Pep Guardiola.
“I would love him to come and manage in France,” he said. “I’ve bigged him up to a lot of managers. For me, his nationality is a setback, but he can play the top 6 in Ligue 1 and surprise a few people.
“Razvan gave me a lot of love when I needed it. He has a great philosophy. He takes inspiration from Guardiola, mixed with some concepts from the Italian school. He didn’t come to Al-Hilal for money, but the Asian Champions League, the first for 20 years.
“From the first training session, he started working on building up from the back, force-feeding us videos, being super demanding on the pitch. And it paid off. We won the Asian Champions League. When he left, he cried, and so did the players.”
PAOK team news
The hosts are missing Giannis Michailidis and Nelson Oliveira this week. Both are recovering from injury but head coach Razvan Lucescu shouldn’t make too many changes from last time out. This will mean Andrija Zivkovic starting, he’s caught the eye for PAOK in Conference League play this season. The attacking midfielder leads the club with four goals, three of which have been the crucial first of the match.
PAOK predicted XI: Paschalakis; Lyratzis, Ingason, Crespo, Vierinha; Tsingaras, Kurtic; Zivkovic, Douglas Augusto, Biseswar; Akpom.
Marseille team news
As for Marseille they visit Greece with a significant absentee list. Bamba Dieng, Boubacar Kamara and Gerson are suspended while Leonardo Balerdi, Konrad de la Fuente and Arkadiusz Milik are injured. Milik has been Marseille’s leading marksman, he’s netted on four occasions in this season’s Conference League, including two match-opening goals.
Dimitri Payet though will be in action. He was involved in Marseille’s two goals against PAOK in the first leg (one goal and one assist); in fact, he has been involved in six goals in his last four games against Greek teams in European competitions (four goals and two assists; excluding qualifiers).
Marseille predicted XI: Mandanda; Lirola, Caleta-Car, Saliba, Kolasinac; Gerson, Gueye, Guendouzi; Under, Payet; Bakambu.
Scoreline prediction: PAOK 1-2 Marseille
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