PAOK and Benfica are in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League, on Tuesday night at the Toumba stadium in Thessaloniki. So far, the two teams have met three times in the knockout stages of European competitions.
PAOK started the new season of the Greek Super League with a victory at the limit, score 1-0, against AEL Larissa.
The group from Thessaloniki is undefeated in the last 10 matches played and comes after a series of 4 consecutive victories.
PAOK have conceded only one goal in their last 9 matches, 4 of them being draws without goals.
The Portuguese Championship has not started yet and so Benfica has played only one competitive match in the last month and a half.
This match took place on August 1 against Porto, both teams scoring in the final of the Portuguese Cup, which ended with a defeat for Benfica, score 1-2.
The defeat suffered with Porto remains the only failure in the last 9 matches played by Benfica.
In the last 3 training games he managed to win every time.
Four of the last five matches played by Benfica, ended with 3 or more goals and each of the four matches were scored at both goals.
⚽️Probable and Absent Teams.
▪️PAOK (3-4-3): Zivko Zivkovic – Ioannis Michailidis, Fernando Varela, Sverrir Ingi Ingason – Dimitris Giannoulis, Stefan Schwab, Omar El Kaddouri, Diego Biseswar – Christos Tzolis, Chuba Akpom, Dimitris Pelkas.
▪️Benfica (4-2-3-1): Odyssey Vlachodimos – Nuno Tavares, Jan Vertonghen, Ruben Dias, André Almeida – Julian Weigl, Pizzi – Rafa Silva, Everton, Pedrinho – Vinicius.
⚽️History of Direct Confrontations.
▪️PAOK and Benfica have met 6 times so far, all 6 matches being part of the eliminatory phases of European competitions.
▪️Benfica won the case each time and lost only one of the 6 matches.
Football Prediction of the Day PAOK vs Benfica
PAOK is able to surprise and qualify in the Champions League play-off.
The team from Thessaloniki will have the advantage of their own field and I think they will attack in an attempt to solve the qualification calculations as soon as possible.
However, Benfica have a more valuable lot and can compensate with the individual value of the players.
I expect a spectacular match, with opportunities at both gates and with the prognosis both teams score & over 2.5 winning goals!
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