PAOK FC vs Benfica Prediction and Betting Preview 15 Sep 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-1
PAOK FC vs Benfica PredictionHarboring hopes of entering the group stages of the Champions League, PAOK FC play host to Benfica in a third-round qualifying clash at the Toumba Stadium on Tuesday night.
Match status: 2020/21 Champions League - Qualification
Venue: Toumba Stadium (Thessaloniki)
With such illustrious history as they have, PAOK are right up there amongst the biggest clubs in Greece. Over the years, the White-Blacks have distinguished themselves as Greek giants. Also, they are one of the most successful sides in the country.

Just like their counterparts, Benfica are a huge force to be reckoned with in the Portuguese Liga. They were impressive last season, clinching second spot to make the cut for continental qualification. Now, the Eagles will need a win here, to move past the preliminary stages of the CL.

PAOK FC vs Benfica Team News

Having played so impressively last season, PAOK will be disappointed to have missed out on the league title, losing to archrivals Olympiacos. Indeed, the White-Blacks enjoyed a magnificent campaign, and should have finished top of the pile.

At times, they looked unstoppable, embarking on remarkable winning runs. However, these streaks often counted for nothing as Ferreira’s men dropped points on a regular, failing to show any signs of consistency.

Even though they could not defend the league trophy they lifted in the 2018/19 season, there were lots of positives to take from the previous campaign. Ferreira will be hoping his players can hit higher marks this time around, and possibly clinch the league title.

For now, PAOK’s attention will be focused on their Champions League third-round qualifying fixture versus Benfica on Tuesday. Against such a side as strong as Benfica, the White-Blacks will have their work cut-out to salvage anything from this game.

They will be heading into the important match on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Larissa in a Super League game last time out. They managed to clinch maximum points despite being out-of-sorts throughout.

With that victory very much in their memories, PAOK will be hoping for a repeat of that success against Benfica here. Needless to say, the Eagles are a much more formidable outfit than Larissa, and are likely to dominate Ferreira’s men.

Benfica narrowly missed out on the Portuguese Liga title last season, trailing eventual champions FC Porto by five points. Beginning the campaign very brightly, their decline in form towards the end ultimately cost them the league title.

Having finished as runners-up, the Eagles were guaranteed a spot in the CL preliminary stages. They are sure-fire favorites to make it to the group stages of the competition, given their overall superiority over PAOK.

It is worth nothing that these two sides have met in the knockout phases of the CL three times, with Benfica emerging victorious on every single occasion. This stat tip the scales slightly in favor of the Portuguese outfit.

Injured or Suspended Players

PAOK FC: Douglas Augusto, Josip Misic and Rodrigo.

Benfica: Alejandro Grimaldo.

Pre-Match Odds

PAOK FC: 4.56
Draw: 3.8
Benfica: 1.77

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

PAOK vs Benfica Predictions

These are two top sides in their respective domestic leagues. That said, Benfica’s Portuguese Liga is more highly rated than PAOK’s Super League. Benfica face tougher oppositions week in, week out; and are accustomed to playing tensive games. As such, count on the visitors to carry the day.
Our Betting Tip:
Benfica Win @ 1.87
Correct Score:
PAOK FC 0-2 Benfica @ 8.50

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS - No @ 1.89
Match Winner:
Benfica Win @ 1.87
Under 2.5 @ 1.89
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