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.
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 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
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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|
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.
24 July 2018 - 17:30 GMT
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