We offer a forecast for the semi-final match of the Champions League qualification, in which PAOK will host Benfica on 15 September. Who will make it to the final? – the answer is in our material.
The three-time champion of Greece did not retain his title last season, where he won silver medals and a ticket to the Champions League qualification. The “ Two-Headed Eagles of the North ” managed to win 21 victories in 36 rounds of the last championship and drew 10 times, which brought 73 points. The gap from the first Olympiacos was 18 points.
At the first stage of qualification, “ black and white ” easily dealt with “Besiktas” (3: 1). Last Friday, PAOK started in the new Greek championship with a match against Larisa, in which it won the minimum victory with a score of 1: 0.
” Benfica “, as today’s opponent, could not hold their 37th Portuguese title. For 34 rounds of the last championship, the ” eagles ” managed to get 24 wins and drew five times, which brought 77 points. The lead over the first Porto was five points.
The performance indicator of the “ red ” was 71 goals scored, of which 18 were scored by Pizzi and Carlos Vinicius.
In the final of the Portuguese Cup, the ” glorious ” again lost to the now reigning champion with a score of 1: 2.
Benfica have won 4 of their last 5 matches
PAOK unbeaten in ten matches in a row
Benfica have won all away head-to-head matches
PAOK haven’t conceded in 4 of 5 last home matches
The last personal match ended with the victory of Benfica (4: 1)
08/29/18 PAOK Benfica fourteen
08/21/18 Benfica PAOK eleven
From the first minutes PAOK will try to impose its own game scheme on the enemy. ” Benfica ” is strong in attack and is unlikely to agree to a positional battle with the ability to bring the case to a penalty, what it means to give the fight fate into the hands of the case.
In our opinion, today the Greek team cannot break traditions, but given the trends and format of the competition, we prefer to play a bet on the total total, which is unlikely to exceed one or two goals today.
Our prediction is that the total is less than 2.5 goals and we bet on it using the Winline bookmaker’s line with the odds of 1.90