Tuesday 24 Jul

PAOK VS FC Basel - Match Preview

24 Jul 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification

PAOK FC

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L

vs

Kick-off
17:30 GMT
24 July 2018

FC Basel

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
17:30 GMT 24 July 2018

With the domestic season around Europe only a few weeks away, there are still plenty of games to be played in order to determine which sides will be playing in the UEFA Champions League. PAOK and Basel meet on Tuesday night in the second qualifying round where the winner over two legs will move into the third and final round.

STATS

  • PAOK could only manage a second-place finish in the Greek Super League last term as they were beaten to the title by AEK Athens with a six-point gap between the sides. They failed to qualify for the Europa League through the qualifiers this time a year ago. In their last game, they secured the Greek Cup with a 2-0 victory against AEK.
  • Like their opponents, Basel finished second in their domestic league last season as Young Boys picked up the Swiss Super League title. They have started the new campaign in the worst possible way with an opening day loss at home to St Gallen after conceding an injury-time winner to make it 2-1. They reached the Last 16 of last year’s Champions League where they were knocked out by Manchester City.
  • Aleksandar Prijovic was PAOK’s leading goal scorer last season with 15 league goals in just 24 appearances, he also got two Europa League goals in their four matches.
  • Albian Ajeti held that honour last year for Basel and with 17 league goals, he was the joint Swiss top-flight golden boot winner.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two European sides are yet to meet meaning that the two-legged affair over the next two weeks will be their first ever fixtures together.

PAOK NEWS

PAOK must take advantage of the home advantage by winning the first-leg which would set them up perfectly for their trip to Switzerland next Wednesday. With no notable absences, they have a great chance of doing just that.

Latest matches: PAOK FC

15.07.2018 Club Royal Antwerp FC PAOK FC 3:1 L
12.07.2018 Club PAOK FC KAA Gent 1:1 D
09.07.2018 Club Steaua Bucuresti PAOK FC 1:2 W
02.07.2018 Club FC Nordsjalland PAOK FC 2:1 L
29.06.2018 Club RSC Anderlecht PAOK FC 2:2 D

BASEL NEWS

Avoiding defeat in the first-leg would be seen as a success for Basel as it would allow them to see out the tie on their own turf. They were without Xhaka, Kuzmanovic and Campo for their last league fixture and it’s touch and go as to whether any of them will return.

Latest matches: FC Basel

21.07.2018 Supe FC Basel FC St. Gallen 1:2 L
13.07.2018 Uhre FC Basel Feyenoord Rotterdam 0:5 L
13.07.2018 Club FC Basel FC Aarau 1:4 L
10.07.2018 Uhre FC Basel Wolverhampton Wanderers 1:2 L
06.07.2018 Club FC Basel Wacker Innsbruck 2:0 W

SUMMARY

It seems as though playing at home gives PAOK the slight advantage in this clash and they must use it if they are to have any chance of progression into the next round. Basel certainly aren’t a poor team and they should put up a good fight, leaving a draw as a very realistic outcome.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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