Wednesday 29 Aug

PAOK vs. Benfica Match Preview

28 Aug 2018 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification


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19:00 GMT
29 August 2018

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19:00 GMT 29 August 2018

The PAOK vs. Benfica match will be played on Wednesday, August 29, at the Toumbas Stadium, Thessaloniki. This is the Champions League last qualifying round. In the first leg played in Portugal the result was 1:1.


  • PAOK is in a series of ten games without a defeat in all competitions. In their last three games we saw under 2.5 goals.
  • Benfica didn't lose for six straight matches, but they recorded a draw in their last two games they played. In Benfica's previous four matches we saw under 2.5 goals.


This will be the fourth match between these two teams. Benfica won both games they played in Europa League 2013/14 season, but PAOK stayed undefeated in Portugal last week.


PAOK started the domestic season with a victory over Asteras Tripolis, but they had to suffer -2 points deductions again, after their fans rampage in last season's derby against AEK. If PAOK qualifies for the Champions League, their fans will probably be the biggest security threat in the competition. Last week, they scored a late goal against Benfica and brought home an excellent result. Benfica was much better team in the first game, but they didn't get a positive result. PAOK will probably be defensive-minded again, since the goalless draw will be enough for them to eliminate Benfica.

Latest matches: PAOK FC

25.08.2018 Supe PAOK FC Asteras Tripolis 1:0 W
21.08.2018 UEFA Benfica Lisbon PAOK FC 1:1 D
14.08.2018 UEFA FC Spartak Moscow PAOK FC 0:0 D
08.08.2018 UEFA PAOK FC FC Spartak Moscow 3:2 W
01.08.2018 UEFA FC Basel PAOK FC 0:3 W


After the draw against PAOK, Benfica recorded a draw in the derby match against Sporting as well. They are under immense pressure at the start of the season, and if they fail to eliminate PAOK that can leave serious consequences on the coaching staff and the team. Benfica will probably have to score at least two goals in order to advance to Champions League group phase.

Latest matches: Benfica Lisbon

25.08.2018 Prim Benfica Lisbon Sporting CP 1:1 D
21.08.2018 UEFA Benfica Lisbon PAOK FC 1:1 D
18.08.2018 Prim Boavista FC Benfica Lisbon 0:2 W
14.08.2018 UEFA Fenerbahce Benfica Lisbon 1:1 D
10.08.2018 Prim Benfica Lisbon Vitoria Guimaraes 3:2 W


It is hard to predict who will win the upcoming game, but we expect to see under 2.5 goals.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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