Match Preview: PAOK 1-4 Benfica Prediction and Betting Tips | Champions League (Qualification)

PAOK – Benfica betting tips for today, August 29, 2018.
Kick-off: 20:00
Football: Champions League – Qualification
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.35
Bookmaker: Bwin
Match Result: 1:4 WON!!!

Match Preview

After holding Benfica to an away 1-1 draw in the Champions League (CL) play-offs first leg, PAOK will look for a killer blow in their quest for a first-ever group stage appearance.
PAOK were Greek Super League (GSL) runners-up for the second time in three years last season, but have never made it out of the CL play-offs. They have the precious away goal, but will be aware that they have lost four of their last seven CL matches at home (W2, D1, L4).
Benfica will be desperate to prove themselves, having lost all six group stage games in 2017/18. If they do so, it will be their ninth foray into the group stage in as many years. However, this is only their second play-off experience after prevailing in one against Schalke back in 2011/12.
The Portuguese giants drew over the weekend in the Lisbon derby against Sporting with a last-gasp goal. That kept them (now) six matches unbeaten (W3, D3) in all competitions. That noted, a six-match winless run in CL away matches (D2, L4) questions their European pedigree on the road.
Players to watch: PAOK playmaker Amr Warda has a goal from the first leg and an assist at the weekend.
Joao Felix scored his first senior goal against Sporting to maintain Benfica’s local bragging rights, and will look to step up on the European scene.
Stat attack: Despite losing four of their last seven CL matches at home, the hosts are unbeaten in five CL matches home and away (W3, D2).
Benfica have lost six of their last nine CL matches away from home (W1, D2, L6), five of them to nil.
PAOK have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven CL matches at home.
Benfica are unbeaten in three matches against PAOK (W2, D1), scoring five goals and conceding only once.

Match Preview by FlashScore.com

You may also like...