PAOK – Benfica betting tips for today, August 29, 2018.
Football: Champions League – Qualification
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 1:4 WON!!!
|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.|
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