PAOK vs Hearts Predicted Lineups – Can PAOK Complete the Job?

Hearts are starring at the possibility of an exit from all European competitions this season as they travel to the Stadio Toumbas to overturn a 2-1 aggregate score against PAOK. Despite taking the lead after just nine minutes, Hearts faced a late collapse and the team are now in danger of failing to secure any European action this season. Meanwhile, the home team are looking to continue their recent trend in Europe.

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PAOK vs Hearts Predicted Lineups and News

PAOK – Another European Success for PAOK?

PAOK were able to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League last season and the club are looking good for securing another season in this competition. PAOK have been behind in the tie for only three minutes as the team came away with a positive result even away from home. Despite holding a lead advantage, PAOK decided to rest many key players for the weekend. They are likely to be brought back into the lineup.

Team news: PAOK

PAOK will be recalling all the first-team stars who featured in the first leg in Scotland. Mbwana Samatta is the big absentee for the Greek outfit. He has not been part of the last two matches because of an ankle injury, which will once again given him from taking part in the upcoming game. William Troost-Ekong, Giannis Konstantelias, and Stefan Schwab did not feature during the weekend’s domestic game, but their lack of participation was only to protect them for the upcoming match.

PAOK Predicted Lineups (4-2-3-1):

Dominik Kotarski, Tomasz Kedziora, William Troost-Ekong, K. Koulierakis, Rafa Soares, Stefan Schwab, Theocharis Tsingaras, Andrija Zivkovic, G. Konstantelias, Taison, Brandon

Hearts – A Case of ‘So Close Yet So Far’?

Hearts might have featured in the group stages of the Conference League last season but the team’s ambitions of qualifying for the competition for the second consecutive year are coming to an end. Despite the early advantage against PAOK in the first leg, the Scottish outfit are trailing the tie going into the second leg away from home. Hearts have generally not done well in away games in Europe with the team losing three on the bounce going back to October 2022.

Team news: Hearts

Hearts will be welcoming Beni Baningime back to the squad after the player has recovered sufficiently from the hamstring injury. However, manager Frankie McAvoy continues to remain without several key players. Barrie McKay and Craig Halkett are missing from the game because of knee injuries while Craig Gordon is the long term injury absentee for the team with a broken leg. Peter Haring misses out on this game with an ankle injury. Hearts also elected to rest a couple of players like Alex Cochrane and Cameron Devlin for the league match during the weekend.

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Hearts Predicted Lineups (4-4-2):

Zander Clark, Nathaniel Atkinson, Frankie Kent, Kye Rowles, Stephen Kingsley, Kenneth Vargas, Cameron Devlin, Barrie McKay, Alexander Cochrane, Lawrence Shankland, Liam Boyce

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